Brendan Johnson was nominated by the President as the 40th United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 15, 2009. Johnson serves as South Dakota’s chief federal law enforcement officer and supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the United States government has an interest.
At the request of Attorney General Eric Holder, Johnson chaired the Native American Issues Subcommittee from 2009-2013. The Native American Issues Subcommittee is the longest-standing subcommittee of United States Attorneys within the Department of Justice and is focused on improving law enforcement efforts in tribal communities. Attorney General Holder also selected Johnson to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. This committee consists of 17 United States Attorneys from across the country and is tasked with the responsibility of advising the Attorney General of the United States. Johnson also co-chairs the South Dakota Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, is a member of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board, and serves on the Department of Justice’s Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.
Prior to becoming the United States Attorney, Johnson was a federal law clerk in Rapid City for Chief Judge Karen Schreier and later worked as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Minnehaha County where he prosecuted cases ranging from attempted murder to narcotics and domestic violence. In addition to his public service, Johnson practiced criminal and civil law as a partner in the law firm now known as Johnson, Heidepriem and Abdallah LLP.
Brendan Johnson is a fifth-generation South Dakota native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota (B.S.) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.). Brendan and his wife, Jana, are the parents of four children.