Former U.S. Attorneys and Justice Department Officials Endorse Tom Perez

More than 50 former U.S. Attorneys and Justice Department officials from across the country today endorsed Tom Perez for DNC Chair. The signers cite Tom's commitment to working on behalf of all Americans writing, "As we have watched the debate about the future of the Democratic Party unfold, it is clear the party would benefit from a leader that doesn’t just talk the talk about a “fifty state strategy” but, more importantly, has a demonstrated ability to walk the walk."

The full letter, which has been sent to DNC voting members, is included below and is attached including all 53 signers. 

 

Dear Voting Members of the DNC,

We write to share our support of Tom Perez as he seeks the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.  We worked with Tom during our tenure as United States Attorneys and Department of Justice Officials, and recommend him unequivocally based on our experience pursuing justice alongside him.

During Tom’s service as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, we proudly worked with him to prosecute civil rights cases across the country; to implement the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act; to protect equal housing opportunity; to ensure schoolchildren are free from discrimination, bullying and harassment; to expand access to employment, housing and educational opportunities by fighting for people with disabilities; to defend and expand Americans’ right to vote; to ensure that communities have effective and accountable policing; to safeguard our service members in the areas of employment, housing, fair lending and voting rights; and to address a wide range of problems affecting Americans, including domestic terrorism, human trafficking, employment discrimination and fair lending. Throughout these efforts, Tom proved himself an outstanding leader in every regard. 

United States Attorneys and Department of Justice officials from districts across the country have signed this letter because we witnessed Tom’s leadership, and his commitment to all areas of our great country— from large urban areas to small, rural counties.  Tom’s dedication to all districts, in all 50 states, evidences his commitment to working for and representing all people in America, regardless of where they live, what they look like, or who they are.  As we have watched the debate about the future of the Democratic Party unfold, it is clear the party would benefit from a leader that doesn’t just talk the talk about a “fifty state strategy” but, more importantly, has a demonstrated ability to walk the walk.  We walked that walk at the Department of Justice with Tom, and we can attest to his unique ability to relate to and bring together people from all walks of life, in every area of this country.  

Having worked directly with Tom as he led the effort to rebuild the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, we know, first hand, of his ability to rebuild a complex organization.  Tom’s record is one of uniting diverse stakeholders, listening to a variety of points of view, and bringing people together to effect needed change.  His ability to build consensus behind a vision was remarkable, his organizational ability in executing that vision was extremely impressive, and his passion was unparalleled.  We were repeatedly impressed by Tom’s commitment to truly listening to a diverse array of perspectives and uniting those various voices behind a common objective.  

The passion, commitment, and ability we all witnessed working with Tom make him uniquely suited to leading the Democratic National Committee at this time.  Tom’s demonstrated abilities would enable him to build and lead the DNC with dedication, integrity, and effectiveness.

Sincerely,

Roy L. Austin, Jr., Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

William J. Baer, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division

Samuel Bagenstos, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Donald J. Cazayoux, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana

Tristram J. Coffin, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont

Matthew Colangelo, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

James M. Cole, Former Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Stuart F. Delery, Former Acting Associate Attorney General U.S Department of Justice, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division

Steven M. Dettlebach, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio

Laura Duffy, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California

William Conner Eldridge, Jr., Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Arkansas

Robert Booth Goodwin II, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia

Jamie S. Gorelick, Former Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Barry R. Grissom, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Kansas

Javier M. Guzman, Former Deputy Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Melinda Haag, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of California

Kerry B. Harvey, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Kentucky

Timothy J. Heaphy, Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Virginia

David J. Hickton, Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania

Dwight Holton, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon

William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia

Brendan Johnson, Former U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota

William C. Killian, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Tennessee

Loretta King, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Iowa

James A. Lewis, Former U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois

Emily Loeb, Former Associate Counsel, Office of the White House Counsel

Ronald C. Machen, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia

Pamela C. Marsh, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Florida

Jerry E. Martin, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Former U.S. Attorney, Central District of California

Bernard Melekian, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Community Oriented Policing Services

Zane Memeger, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Matthew Miller, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

Michael Moore, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Georgia

Bill Nettles, Former U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina

David W. Ogden, Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Matthew G. Olsen, Former Associate Deputy Attorney General for National Security, U.S. Department of Justice

Carmen M. Ortiz, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts

Deval L. Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Timothy Q. Purdon, Former U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota

Ripley Rand, Former U.S. Attorney, Middle District of North Carolina

Leon Rodriguez, Former Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Jocelyn Samuels, Former Acting Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Tracy Schmaler, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

Victoria Schultz, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Anne M. Tompkins, Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of North Carolina

Joyce Vance, Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Alabama

Benjamin B. Wagner, Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California

John Walsh, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado

Ronald Weich, Former Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice

Stephen R. Wigginton, Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Illinois

Stephanie Yonekura, Former Acting U.S. Attorney, Central District of California