Oakland’s Tony West sworn in for Justice post

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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.