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Former US Attorney, Lafayette lawyer tapped to head US Marshal Service

Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 11:57:17-04

Donald W. Washington, a Lafayette attorney and former U.S. Attorney for the Western District, has been selected by President Donald Trump to be director of the U.S. Marshal Service.

Washington practices in the Lafayette office of the Jones Walker firm. He served as U.S. Attorney under President George W. Bush, and recently served as Lafayette City Marshal for a few days when Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope was sitting in jail for contempt of court.

Here’s our interview with him at the time:

While serving as U.S. Attorney, Washington served on several committees, including United States Attorney General’s advisory committees and subcommittees on Civil Rights, Controlled Substances, and Native American Issues.  Washington was also the Chairman of the Southeastern United States Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Washington served as a Captain of the Air Defense Artillery in the United States Army and in the Army Reserve from 1983 to 1987.  He earned a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston.