US Senate Confirms Gregory Harris as US Attorney for Central District

US Deputy Attorney Gregory Harris was confirmed Tuesday by the US Senate as the next US attorney for the Springfield-based central district of Illinois.

Harris, 73, who will not take the new position until he is sworn in before a judge, will be the first black person to hold the position, which comes with an annual salary of $ 172,500 .

“Having served nearly 30 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, over a decade in private practice, and several years in the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender, Greg Harris is well qualified and an excellent choice.” , said US Senator Dick Durbin. and Tammy Duckworth said in a joint statement.

Durbin, D-Springfield and Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, said that “the diligent, thoughtful, principled approach to the law will serve central Illinois well, and we are proud to have supported his appointment. and its confirmation “.

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The US Attorney’s Office, with a staff of over 60, has branches in Peoria, Urbana and Rock Island.

Douglas Quivey has served as the acting U.S. District Attorney since March, after former U.S. Attorney John Milhiser tendered his resignation to President Joe Biden on February 11. Milhiser’s resignation was linked to President Joe Biden, a Democrat, defeating incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.

Milhiser, a Republican and former Sangamon County District Attorney, was appointed by Trump in August 2018 and confirmed by the Senate in January 2019 with the support of Durbin and Duckworth.

Harris’ tenure in the US attorney’s office included that of head of the criminal division. He was also Deputy Attorney in the United States in the Central District from 1980 to 1988. From 1988 to 2001, he was a litigator with the Springfield Law Firm of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes.

From 1976 to 1979, Harris worked in the office of the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender.

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He was chief legal counsel to the Illinois Governor’s Office of Workforce and Human Development and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Development from 1978 to 1980.

Harris graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School, formerly known as John Marshall Law School, in 1976, and received a BA from Howard University. in 1971.

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