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Former United States Attorney Russell Coleman

Russell M. Coleman

Former United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky


U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman

Following his nomination by President Trump and unanimous Senate confirmation, Russell Coleman was sworn-in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky on September 22, 2017.  As United States Attorney, he is the chief federal law enforcement officer for Kentucky’s Western District, which encompasses 53 counties, two major military installations, and a population of 2.2 million Kentuckians.

The United States Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting violations of federal law, to include such offenses as violent crime, public corruption, civil rights, narcotics trafficking, child exploitation, and elder fraud. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and need to combat hoarding and protect the most vulnerable, the Office helped to establish the Kentucky COVID Fraud Task Force with the FBI and Kentucky Office of the Attorney General.

USA Coleman’s top priorities include implementing the President’s executive orders to reduce violent crime, target narcotics trafficking, and “back the blue” in support of Kentucky law enforcement. He is focused on ensuring that federal law enforcement is a humble, relevant, and responsive partner in helping protect all 53 counties of the district and in February 2020 established the first ever full-time staffed U.S. Attorney’s Office in Bowling Green.

A former FBI Special Agent, he was assigned to the Indianapolis, Washington, DC, and Louisville Field Offices, and served a temporary duty assignment in Ramadi, Anbar Province during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2010-2015, he also served as Legal Counsel & Senior Advisor to United States Senator Mitch McConnell. Most recently, he was in private practice as a partner at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd while also serving as a volunteer Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Oldham County.

USA Coleman was raised in Logan, Graves, and Daviess Counties, and graduated from Logan County High School. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.

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Updated January 20, 2021