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Statement by Attorney General Holder on the Senate Confirmation of John Cruden as the Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

 “I am delighted to welcome John Cruden back to the Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.

“John has already devoted more than two decades of his life and service to the department – enforcing our nation’s environmental laws; protecting our air, water, land, and wildlife; defending federal agencies; and honoring U.S. treaty rights and obligations to Native Americans.   From Exxon Valdez to Love Canal to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, John Cruden has consistently demonstrated the tenacity, the leadership, and the strength of character that represents the very best that this Department of Justice has to offer.  He is uniquely qualified to lead this division’s efforts to meet the challenges posed by climate change, illegal wildlife trafficking, pollution, and natural resource management, among many other pressing issues.

“I also want to express my deep gratitude to Sam Hirsch and Bob Dreher, who have led ENRD with great distinction in a time of significant challenges.  Their stewardship has been invaluable to the division’s mission and people.  Their service has helped make the division one of the best places to work in the federal government.  And their outstanding leadership has been vital in advancing our efforts to protect the American people and our environment.”


Updated December 16, 2014