Monday, June 19, 2017

Kuester Nominated for U.S. Attorney’s Post

Brian J. Kuester, District Attorney for District 27 which includes Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee and Wagoner Counties, was nominated on Monday by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee.

If approved, Kuester will replace former U.S. Attorney Mark Green, who is originally from Sallisaw, and who resigned from the post on March 10.

Kuester’s name was among the first wave of U.S. attorney candidates to be named by President Trump.

Kuester has served as district attorney for District 27 since 2011. He was elected in November 2010, and again in 2014.

From 2008 to 2010 Kuester was a staff counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. Prior to that he served as an assistant district attorney for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. From 2000 to 2003, Kuester was an associate at Robinette & Osmond Law Firm.

Prior to receiving his law degree, Kuester served on two separate police forces in Missouri, in Fulton and in Springfield. He received his bachelor of science degree from Central Missouri State University in 1990 and his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa School of Law in 2000.

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said about the nomination, “Brian Kuester, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, is a great candidate to serve in this role. Since 2011, Mr. Kuester has served as the district attorney for Oklahoma’s 27th District and has a proven track record that is fair and ethical while upholding the highest standard of the law. Mr. Kuester is a good and honest Oklahoman and I look forward to confirming him in the Senate and working with him in his new role.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), whose congressional district encompasses three of the four counties in Kuester's DA district, also commented on the news.

“President Trump made an excellent choice in nominating Brian Kuester as the Eastern District of Oklahoma’s next U.S. Attorney,” Mullin said. “I worked closely with Brian when he was the district attorney for Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner counties and I am confident he will serve the people of Eastern Oklahoma with the same high ethical and moral standards in his new role. I look forward to the Senate’s confirmation of Brian so that he can continue his long-serving mission of upholding the rule of law fairly and justly for all Oklahomans in the Eastern District.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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