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Oakland’s Tony West sworn in for Justice post

By Josh Richman
Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 1:10 pm in Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, Oakland, U.S. House.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder swore in Oakland attorney Tony West today as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division.

President Barack Obama nominated West to the post Jan. 22; his confirmation hearing last month went off without a hitch; and the U.S. Senate confirmed him Monday on an 82-4 vote.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, attended the ceremony and had this to say afterward:

“Tony is an excellent addition to President Obama’s administration and has long been considered one of California’s rising stars in both legal and political circles.

“Tony brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as one of California’s most prominent litigators. He served in the U. S. Department of Justice and the California Department of Justice, as well as the Clinton Administration, during which he worked as an aide to Attorney General Janet Reno.

“I congratulate my friend on this well-deserved appointment, and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

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