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For Immediate Release

April 11, 2019 U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
New U.S. Marshals Director Takes Oath of Office

Donald Washington Takes Oath of OfficeWashington D.C. – Donald Washington was sworn in as the director of the U.S. Marshals Service today during a ceremonial installation service at U.S. Marshals headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein administered the oath of office.

Washington becomes the agency’s 11th director since the office was established in 1970.

“As the director of the Marshals Service, Donald Washington will provide the leadership, integrity and respect that the Marshals Service deserves,” said Rosenstein. “He comes to this role with a long record of service in the military, in law enforcement and in the private sector; and he possesses the expertise and personal qualities to fit the mission.”

“U.S. Marshals have served with honor for almost 230 years. They perform whatever challenging task the job requires — whether securing a federal courthouse, tracking a dangerous fugitive or protecting an important witness. They keep America safe by arresting fugitives, transporting prisoners, protecting judges and Department of Justice employees, contributing to efficient court operations, forfeiting crime proceeds and supporting other law enforcement agencies. Today U.S. Marshals are one of the most effective and professional law enforcement agencies in the world,” said Rosenstein.

“I am very honored to serve this department and join this agency as we continue to serve and protect our nation’s citizens as we have done for 230 years,” said Washington. “What the Marshals do is vitally important to our nation’s citizens. It is incredibly inspiring to be part of a team that dedicates itself in full, complete and total service to others and to the pursuit of justice.”

President Donald Trump nominated Washington Oct. 2, 2018, to lead the U.S. Marshals. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination March 14.

A 1977 West Point graduate, Washington served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve until 1987. In 1989, he received his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas. After law school, Washington began his legal career as an attorney at Conoco Inc.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney for Western Louisiana, a 42‑parish federal jurisdiction that includes Lafayette, Shreveport, Alexandria, Monroe and Lake Charles. Washington served on several U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committees, as well as subcommittees on Civil Rights, Controlled Substances, and Native American Issues. Washington also served as the Chairman of the Southeastern U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 2010, he returned to private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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