President Donald Trump has picked Lafayette lawyer Donald Washington to be director of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to NOLA.com
A West Point graduate and former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Washington is a Jones Walker law firm partner who litigates business, energy, white-collar crime and health care issues.
The Marshals Service is the country’s oldest federal law enforcement agency and employs more than 3,500 deputy marshals and investigators as well as executives and support staff. Its duties include protecting federal judges, catching federal fugitives, managing and selling assets seized from criminals, transporting federal prisoners and protecting witnesses.
Washington graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering and served as an Army captain of the Air Defense Artillery and in the Army Reserve from 1983 to 1987. He obtained his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.
He was U.S. attorney during the George W. Bush administration. He was the Justice Department’s point person in the 42-parish Western District from 2001 to 2010.
The White House announced Trump’s selection on Tuesday (Oct. 2). The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate, where Louisiana Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, both Republicans, hailed Washington.
“Don is a great choice to head the U.S. Marshals Service, and I applaud President Trump for nominating him,” Cassidy said. “Don served Louisiana well as U.S. attorney, and I’m honored to have known him for many years. I wholeheartedly support his nomination and look forward to seeing him confirmed.”
“President Trump made a great choice in picking Don Washington to serve as the head of the U.S. Marshals Service,” Kennedy said. “I know that Don will do an outstanding job at the Marshals Service, just like he has done for the state of Louisiana. I look forward [to] talking more with him through his confirmation process.”