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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 11, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


JOHN F. WOOD SWORN IN AS U.S. ATTORNEY


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri this morning, following unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate.


            As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Wood oversees a staff of 119, including 59 attorneys and 60 non-attorney support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, firearms, narcotics, child exploitation, and public corruption. The office also handles the defense of civil cases brought against the United States and the collection of debts owed to the United States.


            Mr. Wood, 37, is a native Missourian. After graduating with Honors from the University of Virginia, he served on the staff of U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth of Missouri. Following his service for Sen. Danforth, Mr. Wood attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review.


            Following law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States. He then practiced law at a leading national law firm.


            Mr. Wood joined the Bush Administration in 2001 and held several prominent positions prior to becoming U.S. Attorney. He has previously served at the Department of Justice as a Deputy Associate Attorney General and as a Counselor to Attorney General John D. Ashcroft. He has also worked at the White House as Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. His last job prior to being nominated by the President to serve as U.S. Attorney was as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is the third largest department of the federal government with approximately 180,000 employees and an annual budget of over $40 billion.


            Mr. Wood’s wife, Julie, is Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She is a native of the Kansas City area. They have one son.



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