Jun 11 2015
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced Senate confirmation of Eileen Decker as the new U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.
“Simply put, Eileen Decker’s qualifications are impeccable,” said Senator Feinstein. “Before she was tapped as deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety in Los Angeles, she spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor, where she oversaw prosecutions related to terrorism and national security. The breadth of experience Ms. Decker will bring to the position is impressive, and she has earned the respect of the legal community and law enforcement alike.”
Senator Feinstein, who personally recommended Decker to the president, released a statement last week when the Judiciary Committee advanced her nomination to the full Senate.
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 was 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 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.
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, where she served as chairperson of the Moot Court Board. She also holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, Calif.
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.