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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT:  KATHLEEN GOLDYNIA
TUESSDAY, APRIL 29, 2008                               ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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(BEAUMONT, TX)               United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that that he will leave his current post at the Department of Justice on May 9, 2008 and will return to the private sector. Mr. Ratcliffe will be followed as U.S. Attorney by Rebecca Gregory, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier in the day.

“I have thanked President Bush and Attorney General Mukasey for the opportunity to serve and for their expression of confidence in me to prevent terrorism and to pursue justice on behalf of the millions of people in the Eastern District of Texas,” said U.S. Attorney Ratcliffe.  Mr. Ratcliffe was initially appointed Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the federal district in December 2004.  In May 2007, then U.S. Attorney Matt Orwig resigned and Ratcliffe was named, and later appointed, to serve as the top federal law enforcement official for the 33,000 square mile district, that stretches from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf of Mexico.

While Mr. Ratcliffe plans to leave the government, he will remain involved in anti-terrorism matters. Ratcliffe stated that he has agreed to serve as a consultant for a national security defense contractor and on venture capital bioterrorism projects.

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