Senator Evan Bayh today announced that President Barack Obama has nominated Joseph H. Hogsett to be the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Bayh recommended Hogsett to President Obama after consulting with Senator Richard Lugar.
"Joe Hogsett has a distinguished record of public service on behalf of the people of Indiana. His legal experience, insight, background and temperament make him an excellent choice for U.S. Attorney. He has the respect and support of Indiana law enforcement, judges, elected officials and community leaders," Bayh said.
"As Indiana's Secretary of State, Joe supervised the prosecution of numerous fraud cases. Joe also has distinguished himself in private practice as a litigator with considerable experience in federal court. He is well-qualified to hold this position of public trust, and I hope the Senate will confirm him without delay," Bayh added.
Senators Bayh and Lugar have a history of making bipartisan recommendations for presidential appointments, regardless of which political party is in power. The two jointly recommended Judges John Tinder and David Hamilton for seats on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
About Joseph H. Hogsett
Joseph H. Hogsett of Indianapolis, Indiana is a senior partner at Bingham McHale LLP. Hogsett was appointed Indiana's fifty-seventh Secretary of State in 1988 and was subsequently elected to a full four-year term in November 1990. After completing his term in office, he served from 1995-1997 as Senior Advisor and then as Chief of Staff to then-Governor Evan Bayh.
Hogsett is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. He graduated with honors from Indiana University, where he was president of the IU Student Foundation, in 1978, and he went on to receive his JD from the Indiana University School of Law. Hogsett also holds three Master's degrees -- in English, Theological Studies and History.