Attorney General Eric Holder today appointed U.S. Attorney John Walsh for the District of Colorado as chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC), and U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian for the Northern District of New York to serve as vice chair.  Both appointments are effective immediately.

The AGAC was created in 1973 to serve as the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and to advise the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues affecting the U.S. Attorneys' offices.

Walsh previously served on the AGAC from 2011 to 2013 as the chair of the Medical Marijuana Working Group and co-chair of the White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee.  He replaces Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, currently U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Hartunian was appointed to the AGAC in 2013 and has served as the chair of the Border and Immigration Subcommittee, in addition to serving on several committees. He replaces Sally Yates, Acting Deputy Attorney General and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.