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John R. Lausch Jr.

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John Lausch
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United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
November 22, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byZachary T. Fardon
Personal details
Born1970 (age 51–52)
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
EducationHarvard University, (BA)
Northwestern University, (JD)

John R. Lausch Jr. (born 1970) is an American attorney who is currently serving as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Previously, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from 1999 to 2010. During his time in the U.S. Attorney's Office, he served as a Deputy Chief in the Narcotics and Gangs Section for several years, where he helped lead the District's Anti-Gang and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs.[1]

Education and early legal career

Lausch received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. He clerked for Michael Stephen Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.[1]

United States Attorney

On August 3, 2017, he was nominated to be the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. On October 19, 2017, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[2] On November 9, 2017, his nomination was approved by the United States Senate by voice vote. He was sworn into office on November 22, 2017. Both senators from Illinois, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth released a joint statement that Lausch should remain in office in the new administration to complete sensitive investigations. On February 8, 2021, unlike 55 other Trump-era attorneys, he was not asked to resign.[3]


  1. ^ a b “President Donald J. Trump Announces Sixth Wave of Judicial Candidates and Fifth Wave of U.S. Attorney Candidates”, The White House, August 3, 2017 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – October 19, 2017, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  3. ^ Tafoya, Bernie (February 11, 2021). "Durbin, Duckworth in no hurry to see Trump-era federal prosecutor leave Chicago". Retrieved February 18, 2021.
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