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United States Deputy Attorney General
|United States Deputy Attorney General|
Seal of the Department of Justice
|United States Department of Justice|
|Style||Mr. Deputy Attorney General|
|Status||Chief operating officer|
|Reports to||United States Attorney General|
|Seat||Department of Justice Headquarters, Washington, D.C.|
with Senate advice and consent
|Formation||May 24, 1950|
|First holder||Peyton Ford|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, level II|
The United States Deputy Attorney General is the second highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department. The deputy attorney general acts as attorney general during the absence of the attorney general.
The deputy attorney general is a political appointee of the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. The position was created in 1950. Since April 26, 2017, Rod Rosenstein has been deputy attorney general.
On May 14, 2007 Paul McNulty, then deputy attorney general, announced his resignation in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. At the time, McNulty was considered "the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys."  Later, Gonzales himself would resign.
On July 18, 2007 President Bush announced his appointment of Craig S. Morford as acting deputy attorney general. Morford had been serving as the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and was known for his successful prosecution of former Ohio Representative James Traficant on bribery charges.
List of United States Deputy Attorneys General
|#||Image||Name||Term Began||Term Ended||President(s) served under|
|1||Peyton Ford||1950||1951||Harry S. Truman|
|2||A. Devitt Vanech||1951||1952|
|3||Ross L. Malone||1952||January 20, 1953|
|4||William P. Rogers||January 20, 1953||October 23, 1957||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|5||Lawrence Walsh||December 29, 1957||1960|
|6||Byron White||January 20, 1961||April 16, 1962||John F. Kennedy|
|7||Nicholas Katzenbach||April 16, 1962||January 28, 1965|
|Lyndon B. Johnson|
|8||Ramsey Clark||January 28, 1965||March 10, 1967|
|9||Warren Christopher||March 10, 1967||January 20, 1969|
|10||Richard Kleindienst||January 20, 1969||June 12, 1972||Richard Nixon|
|11||Ralph E. Erickson||1972||1973|
|13||William Ruckelshaus||July 9, 1973||October 20, 1973|
|14||Laurence Silberman||1974||1975||Gerald Ford|
|15||Harold R. Tyler, Jr.||April 6, 1975||January 20, 1977|
|16||Peter F. Flaherty||April 12, 1977||1978||Jimmy Carter|
|17||Benjamin Civiletti||1978||August 16, 1979|
|18||Charles Byron Renfrew||1980||1981|
|19||Edward C. Schmults||1981||1984||Ronald Reagan|
|20||Carol E. Dinkins||1984||1985|
|21||D. Lowell Jensen||1985||1986|
|23||Harold G. Christensen||1988||1989|
|24||Donald B. Ayer||1989||May 1990||George H. W. Bush|
|25||William P. Barr||May 1990||November 26, 1991|
|26||George Terwilliger||November 26, 1991||January 20, 1993|
|27||Philip Heymann||May 28, 1993||March 17, 1994||Bill Clinton|
|28||Jamie Gorelick||March 17, 1994||May 1997|
|29||Eric Holder||June 13, 1997||January 20, 2001|
|Acting||Robert Mueller||January 20, 2001||May 10, 2001||George W. Bush|
|30||Larry Thompson||May 10, 2001||August 31, 2003|
|31||James Comey||December 9, 2003||August 15, 2005|
|Acting||Robert McCallum, Jr.||August 15, 2005||March 17, 2006|
|32||Paul McNulty||March 17, 2006||July 26, 2007|
|Acting||Craig S. Morford||July 26, 2007||March 10, 2008|
|33||Mark Filip||March 10, 2008||January 20, 2009|
|34||David W. Ogden||March 12, 2009||February 5, 2010||Barack Obama|
|Acting||Gary Grindler||February 5, 2010||December 29, 2010|
|35||James M. Cole||December 29, 2010||January 8, 2015|
|36||Sally Yates||January 10, 2015||January 30, 2017|
|Acting||Dana Boente||February 9, 2017||April 25, 2017|
|37||Rod Rosenstein||April 26, 2017||present|
- "DOJ: JMD: MPS: Functions Manual: Attorney General". Retrieved January 25, 2009.
- "Paul McNulty's Resignation Letter" (PDF). Washington Post. May 14, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
- Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press (May 14, 2007). "McNulty, Justice Dept. No. 2, Resigning". The San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 31, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
- Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press (July 20, 2007). "Bush Picks Justice No. 2". Fox News. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
- "The President's Day". Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. August 3, 1951. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
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