President Barack Obama has announced that he will nominate Dennis Burke to be the next U.S. District Attorney for Arizona.
Burke was nominated along with Steven Dettelbach, Northern District of Ohio; Brendan Johnson, District of South Dakota; Karen Loeffler, District of Alaska; Florence Nakakuni, District of Hawaii; and Carter Stewart, Southern District of Ohio.
“Through their dedication and accomplishments in both public service and private practice, these fine attorneys have distinguished themselves as some of the best and brightest their profession has to offer,” President Obama stated in a press release. “I am honored to nominate them as United States attorneys and know that they will faithfully and tirelessly pursue justice on behalf of the American people.”
Burke, 46, is a senior advisor to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. From 2003 to 2008, Burke served as Gov. Napolitano’s chief of staff. From 1999 to 2003, Burke worked in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. From 1997 to 1999, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Arizona. Prior to that, Burke held a number of positions in the federal government, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice, and the White House.
After law school, Burke was a clerk for the Honorable James Moeller on the Arizona Supreme Court. Burke graduated from Georgetown University in 1985 and the University of Arizona’s College of Law in 1998.