John E. Kuhn, Jr. Appointed US Attorney For The District Of Alaska | USAO-AK

ANCHORAGE – Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed John Kuhn as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska effective December 26, 2021, pursuant to 28 USC § 546.

Kuhn recently served on the United States Executive Office of Lawyers since 2018 in a variety of roles including National Heroin and Opioids Coordinator, National Controlled Substance Coordinator, and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Legal Programs.

“I am honored to serve as the United States Attorney General in the great state of Alaska. The dedicated prosecutors and staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska are among the best in the country, and together we will continue to fulfill our mission, protecting the people of Alaska and the interests of the states. -United.

Prior to joining the executive office, Kuhn served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky for nearly three years, from December 2014 to September 2017. During his tenure as United States Attorney, Kuhn served deeply committed to the fight against the opioid crisis, developing a number of effective initiatives and programs. Prior to becoming a United States Attorney, Kuhn served for more than four years as the First Deputy United States Attorney, overseeing the criminal, civil, appeals and administrative divisions of the office.

Kuhn has over 31 years of legal experience and 24 years in the Department of Justice. He served as the Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, where he prosecuted narcotics, violent crime, and white-collar offenses. In addition to his extensive trial work, Kuhn argued appeals to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and served as a hearing officer in Washington, DC and New York for 9/11.e Victims Compensation Fund, a federal program established for victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Mr. Kuhn graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

Kuhn replaces former Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson, who had held that position since March 1, 2021. Wilson resumes his duties as U.S. First Deputy Attorney, where he has served since November 2017.

For more information on the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-ak

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