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John Bash named U.S. attorney for western district of Texas


John F. Bash is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas. Chief United States District Judge Orlando Garcia administered the oath of office to Mr. Bash on Dec. 11, at the federal courthouse in San Antonio. A public swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled in the future.
President Donald J. Trump nominated Mr. Bash to be the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas on Sept.11, 2017. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on Nov. 9, 2017.
“I am honored to return to the Department of Justice and serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District. I look forward to working alongside the talented and dedicated men and women of this office and our partners in law enforcement to protect and defend the Constitution, ensure the safety and security of our community, and pursue the impartial administration of justice,” said U.S. Attorney Bash.
Bash graduated from Harvard University in 2003, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2006. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Bash served as a special assistant to the president and as an associate White House counsel. Bash was an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general from 2012 to 2017, where he represented the United States before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was previously an associate in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, and served as a law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and to Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
As U.S. attorney, Bash is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Texas. He is responsible for prosecuting violations of federal criminal law and representing the U.S. in all civil litigation in which the United States is a party in the district.
The Western District of Texas includes 68 counties spanning approximately 93,000 square miles. The U.S. Attorney’s Office employs more than 250 people. The headquarters office is in San Antonio; staffed offices are in Austin, El Paso, Midland, Del Rio, Waco and Alpine.
Richard L. Durbin, Jr., who has served as the U.S. Attorney since December 2014, will serve as the First Assistant United States Attorney.