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Nomination of William Pelham Barr To Be Deputy Attorney General


The President today announced his intention to nominate William Pelham Barr to be Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice. He would succeed Donald Belton Ayer.

Since 1989 Mr. Barr has served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. Prior to this, he served as a partner with the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge in Washington, DC, 1984 - 1989; a member of the domestic policy staff at the White House, 1982 - 1983; an associate with the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge, 1978 - 1982; and a law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1977 - 1978. In addition, he has served with the Central Intelligence Agency, 1973 - 1977.

Mr. Barr graduated from Columbia University (B.A., 1971; M.A., 1973) and George Washington University (J.D., 1977). He was born May 23, 1950, in New York, NY. Mr. Barr is married, has three children, and resides in Falls Church, VA.

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