ANDRÉ BIROTTE JR.

(1966 – )

 

André Birotte, Jr. was appointed by President Barack Obama as the first African American United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Birotte currently serves as the U.S. District Judge for that district, which includes San Bernardino County—the largest county in the nation. His confirmation to the federal bench was the unanimous decision of all 100 U.S. senators.

Born in Newark, New Jersey to Haitian parents, Birotte earned his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine Law. He began his career as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles, and later served for six years as the Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general, monitoring the department’s compliance with a federal consent decree.

President Barack Obama nominated Birotte, who previously served as the region’s top federal prosecutor since 2010, to the federal bench in April 2014. As U.S. attorney, Birotte oversaw a civil-rights and obstruction of justice investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s operation of county jails that resulted in charges against more than 20 deputies, as well as a public corruption probe of the state senate. He also reinstated a public-corruption and civil-rights section in the office that had been disbanded by his predecessor.