Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump nominates DA Brian Kuester for U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Oklahoma

District Attorney Brian Kuester made the list of President Trump's first U.S. Attorney nominations today:

President Donald J. Trump today announced his first wave of United States Attorney candidates.  The United States Attorney serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer within his or her Federal judicial district.  These candidates share the President’s vision for “Making America Safe Again.”  Accordingly, the President today announced his intent to nominate these individuals to serve as United States Attorney:
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If confirmed, Brian J. Kuester of Oklahoma will serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  Brian J. Kuester currently serves as the District Attorney for District 27 in Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2011.  Mr. Kuester was elected in November 2010, and again in 2014.  From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Kuester was a Staff Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company.  Prior to that, Mr. Kuester served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.  From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Kuester was an associate at Robinette & Osmond Law Firm.  Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Kuester served on two separate police forces in Missouri, in Fulton and in Springfield.  Mr. Kuester received his B.S. from Central Missouri State University in 1990 and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa School of Law in 2000.

Oklahoma's U.S. Senators Jim Inhofe and James Lankford commented on the nomination:

WASHINGTON, DC –Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today applauded President Trump’s nomination of Brian J. Kuester for US Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“Brian Kuester has dedicated his career to public service. He has served in his community as a police officer, district attorney and now future US Attorney,” said Lankford. “I congratulate Brian on his nomination, and I look forward to his confirmation in the days ahead.”

“Brian Kuester, President Trump’s nominee for US Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, is a great candidate to serve in this role,” Inhofe said. “Since 2011, Mr. Kuester has served as the district attorney for Oklahoma’s 27th District and has a proven track record that is fair and ethical while upholding the highest standard of the law. Mr. Kuester is a good and honest Oklahoman and I look forward to confirming him in the Senate and working with him in his new role.”

Congressman Markwayne Mullin, whose congressional district encompasses three of the four counties in Kuester's DA district, also commented on the news:

Today, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s nomination of Brian J. Kuester to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“President Trump made an excellent choice in nominating Brian Kuester as the Eastern District of Oklahoma’s next U.S. Attorney,” Mullin said.  “I worked closely with Brian when he was the District Attorney for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner counties and I am confident he will serve the people of Eastern Oklahoma with the same high ethical and moral standards in his new role.  I look forward to the Senate’s confirmation of Brian so that he can continue his long-serving mission of upholding the rule of law fairly and justly for all Oklahomans in the Eastern District.”


The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Seminole, Sequoyah, and Wagoner. It is based out of the Ed Edmondson U.S. Courthouse in Muskogee.

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