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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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November 3, 2010

Ihlenfeld Formally Sworn In As United States Attorney

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — William J. Ihlenfeld, II, was formally sworn in today as United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey. United States Attorney Ihlenfeld took his Oath of Office in United States District Court in Wheeling, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Ihlenfeld was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 27, 2010, and confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010.

"Today was a wonderful opportunity to thank all of those who helped me in this process, and there were many people who deserved recognition," stated USA Ihlenfeld. "I'm honored that so many of my friends and colleagues joined me today for this ceremony, and appreciate the kind words that were said. I look forward to serving the Northern District in the years to come, and to making those who chose to support me proud of their decision."

Prior to his appointment USA Ihlenfeld served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Brooke County, West Virginia, handling serious felony matters. USA Ihlenfeld also served for ten years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ohio County, West Virginia. During his tenure in Ohio County, he served as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor and was a member of the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

USA Ihlenfeld has successfully prosecuted hundreds of felony cases during his career, and he has argued before the West Virginia Supreme Court on eight occasions. As an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, USA Ihlenfeld was honored by the Drug Enforcement Administration for his outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement and served on the West Virginia Supreme Court’s committee for the creation of model criminal jury instructions.

USA Ihlenfeld has also served as a partner at the firm of Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC, in Wheeling since 1997, where he practiced law with his father, William J. Ihlenfeld, Sr.

A graduate of Ohio University and the West Virginia University College of Law, USA Ihlenfeld is active in the community having served as a member of the Ohio County Schools Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan Committee; Vice-Chairman of the Seeing Hand Association, Inc.; as a volunteer with Legal Aid of West Virginia; and as a youth sports coach.

USA Ihlenfeld resides in Wheeling with his wife and children.

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