Adams Tapped by President Obama for Key U.S. Justice Position in State

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today welcomed the White House announcement that President Obama intends to nominate Felicia Adams to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi.

“I am pleased the President has decided to submit a nominee for one of the two U.S. Attorney positions in Mississippi. I called Ms. Adams today to congratulate her on her selection and to pledge to do all that I can to see that her Senate confirmation process is undertaken in a timely and efficient manner. Her character and long tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s offices in our state should bode well for her in this process,” Cochran said.

“Filling the two U.S. Attorney vacancies should be a top priority, so I am glad to see President Obama nominate Ms. Adams to be U.S. Attorney in the Northern District,” said Wicker. “Ms. Adams has many years of experience, and I will work to ensure she is considered without delay.”
Adams is currently an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, where she has worked since 2000. Prior to transferring to that office, she served 11 years as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Mississippi. Before beginning her federal justice career, she served as legal counsel in 1988 and 1989 for the Office of the Governor during the tenure of now Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Adams earned a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1984.

Within their districts, U.S. Attorneys are responsible for being the chief prosecutors for the United States in criminal and civil law cases.

Adams’ nomination still leaves vacant two of the four major federal justice positions in Mississippi that have awaited nominees since President Obama took office in January 2009. Nominees have yet to be offered for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi and the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Mississippi.

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