Today, Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry announced their recommendation of Carmen M. Ortiz to be the next U.S. Attorney from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In February, Senators Kennedy and Kerry established a 12-member Advisory Committee to recommend candidates for the positions of United States Attorney and United States Marshal. The members of the Committee represented leaders of the bar from across the Commonwealth with a broad range of professional experience. The Committee was chaired by Mr. Michael Mone, a partner at Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile in Boston and past Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Ms. Ortiz has over twenty years of prosecutorial experience, most recently as an Assistant United States Attorney in that office's Economic Crimes Unit. Over her twelve years in the U.S. Attorney's Office, she has also served in the Major Crimes Unit and as the Office's Grand Jury Supervisor. Ms. Ortiz has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County.
Ms. Ortiz became a Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice Honors Program upon her graduation from George Washington Law School in 1981. She has also worked for the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Law School Center for Criminal Justice. She's also been in private practice including criminal defense work.
The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Ortiz has been a resident of Massachusetts since 1983 and is the mother of two daughters.
Senators Kennedy and Kerry issued the following joint statement:
"The Committee carefully reviewed the records of dozens of exceptional candidates, and was deeply impressed by the eagerness of so many experienced lawyers to serve the people of Massachusetts. Carmen Ortiz was a standout throughout this process. We believe that her prosecutorial experience, commitment to public service, and insight into criminal justice issues will make her an exceptional United States Attorney. She has lived the American dream, worked hard for every accomplishment she's achieved, and will ensure that the U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts is a leader in our community and around the country. We're proud to submit her name to President Obama."