Obama Taps Ethics Staffer for U.S. Attorney Slot

Posted August 7, 2009 at 10:46am

President Barack Obama has nominated House ethics committee aide Kenyen Brown to become the next U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, according to a statement issued Thursday.

Brown, the ethics panel’s director of advice and education, will serve a four-year term and must be confirmed by the Senate.

A Capitol Hill veteran, Brown joined the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, commonly referred to as the ethics panel, in 2008. He served as acting staff director and chief counsel of the panel from August 2008 until April 2009.

He previously served as a senior counsel and director of education and training on the Senate Ethics Committee. Brown is also a former deputy district attorney in Montgomery, Ala., and a former assistant U.S. attorney.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1995.

Obama also nominated a former aide to Vice President Joseph Biden to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Neil MacBride, currently an associate deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department, was staff director and chief counsel to then-Sen. Biden from 2001 to 2005. MacBride also served as general counsel to the Business Software Alliance.

Keith Koffler contributed to this report.