WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting Deputy Attorney General Robert D. McCallum, Jr. today announced the appointment of Ronald J. Tenpas as Associate Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Tenpas will begin service in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General on November 14, 2005.
“For eight years, Ron Tenpas has built an impressive record of service to the Department of Justice. He has tried and investigated a large number of matters, including offenses involving narcotics importation and distribution, violent crime, health care fraud, identity theft, government fraud and other white collar offenses and public corruption offenses such as vote buying,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Robert McCallum. “I have worked with Ron during his service as United States Attorney and know him to be an outstanding lawyer and scholar. I am pleased that he is willing to take on new responsibilities as Associate Deputy Attorney General. We are looking forward to having Ron’s wise counsel through this role.”
Tenpas has served the Southern District of Illinois as the United States Attorney since November 2003. From 1999 to 2003, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland; from 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida; from 1993 to 1997, he was an Associate with the Carlton, Fields Law Firm in Tampa, Florida; from 1992 to 1993, he was law clerk to The Honorable Howard Holtzman, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands; from 1991 to 1992 he was a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, United States Supreme Court; and, from1990 to 1991, he was a law clerk to The Honorable Louis H. Pollak, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Since February 2005, Tenpas has served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), a group of United States Attorneys who advise the Attorney General on policy matters. Tenpas also serves as Vice-Chair of the AGAC’s Sentencing Subcommittee.
Tenpas received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with high honors in International Relations, from Michigan State University.