Richard Callahan is the 47th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Prior to being appointed United States Attorney by President Obama, he served seven years as a Circuit Court Judge in Jefferson City, Missouri, handling numerous high profile cases ranging from school takeovers, to education financing, to voter identification laws. In a criminal case that has been the subject of several national television shows, including 48 Hours, he freed a young man who had spent more than 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Mr. Callahan earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1972 and was a prosecutor for 30 years before becoming a judge. That 30-year span included six years in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, eight years as a special prosecutor in Jefferson City, which is the state capital, and 16 years as the elected state prosecutor in Jefferson City. During his career, he tried more than 150 jury trials, including ten death penalty cases. Mr. Callahan served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Prosecutors Association from 1987 to 2002, and was President in 1990. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association from 1994 to 2002, and was Vice-President from 1996 to 2000.
Mr. Callahan was named 2009 Attorney of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
Reflecting on his career, Mr. Callahan says, “While I never thought of myself as an important person, I have always recognized that the jobs were very important. I think that’s a necessary distinction to keep in mind.”