United States Deputy Attorney General

The United States deputy attorney general is the second highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department. The deputy attorney general acts as attorney general during the absence of the attorney general. Lisa Monaco has served in this role since April 21, 2021.[1]

United States Deputy Attorney General
Seal of the Department of Justice
Lisa Monaco

since April 21, 2021[1]
United States Department of Justice
StyleMadam. Deputy Attorney General
Reports toUnited States Attorney General
SeatDepartment of Justice Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
FormationMay 24, 1950
First holderPeyton Ford
SalaryExecutive Schedule, Level II

The deputy attorney general is a political appointee of the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. The position was created in 1950.[2]

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