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Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales Announces Appointment of Kyle Sampson as Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today announced the appointment of D. Kyle Sampson to serve as Chief of Staff at the Department of Justice. Sampson will succeed Theodore W. Ullyot, who will step down from the position to return to the private sector.

"Kyle is an outstanding lawyer, a strong manager, and a trusted counselor," said Attorney General Gonzales. "His service to the President and to me has been exceptional. I appreciate his leadership and loyalty, and I am pleased that he has agreed to serve as the Justice Department's Chief of Staff."

Kyle Sampson has served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales since February 2005. He also serves as Chairman of the Justice Department's Task Force on Intellectual Property and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. He was appointed Counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2003.

Prior to joining the Department, Sampson served in the White House as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush. From 1999 to 2001, Sampson served as Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Before entering public service, Sampson practiced law at the Salt Lake City law firm of Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless and clerked for Judge Karen J. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Sampson earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.