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Attorney General William P. Barr Names U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox as Chair of Attorney General’s Advisory Committee

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

Attorney General William P. Barr today announced that Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, has been elevated from Vice Chair to Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC).

Attorney General Barr also announced Justin Herdman, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, will become the new Vice Chair.

“Erin Nealy Cox has shown herself to be a leader in the U.S. Attorney community, a fierce advocate for the rule of law who has spearheaded prosecution efforts targeting domestic abusers and other violent criminals,” said Attorney General Barr. “Justin Herdman has also been a leader at the forefront of the department’s fight against the deadly trade in fentanyl and other dangerous drugs. I am pleased to have them leading my AGAC team.”

U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox replaced former Chair, Jessie Liu who resigned this week as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

In addition, Attorney General Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Bash to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

The AGAC represents the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice.  Learn more about the history of our agency at


Erin Dooley
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Updated November 16, 2020

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