Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today applauded President Obama’s nomination of Eileen M. Decker to be the United States Attorney for the Central District of California.
Feinstein released the following statement:
“I recommended Eileen Decker to President Obama and believe that she is a highly-qualified candidate who will serve with distinction as U.S. Attorney for the Central District.
“The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, which spans seven counties and includes 19 million residents, must be a highly-skilled attorney, an effective manager, and have the ability to work well with federal, state and local law enforcement. Eileen’s 15 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and her tenure as the Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety in Los Angeles make her an excellent fit for this position.”
If confirmed by the Senate, Eileen Decker would serve as U.S. Attorney for the Central District, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Eileen Decker was recommended to Senator Feinstein by the senator’s bipartisan judicial selection committee in the Central District.
Biography of Eileen M. Decker
Since 2009, Eileen Decker has served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety in Los Angeles, under Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti. As deputy mayor, Decker, is responsible for matters related to the police department, fire department and emergency management department.
From 1995 to 2009, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. She prosecuted a range of cases, including cases involving national security, fraud and organized crime. She served as chief of the National Security Section from 2007 until 2009, deputy chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Section from 2002 until 2007 and as deputy chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force from 1999 until 2002.
From 1990 to 1991, and again from 1992 until 1995, she worked in private practice in Los Angeles at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
From 1991 until 1992, she served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor in the Central District of California.
Ms. Decker earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from New York University in 1982. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1990 and served as chairperson of the Moot Court Board. She also holds a master’s degree from the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, California.
She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, where she serves on the board of governors. She served as president of the organization from 2000 to 2001. She also is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where she serves on the Clara Shortridge Foltz Committee.