LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Russell M. Coleman took the oath of office on Friday to become U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Coleman was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 19 and confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 14. The oath was administered by U.S. District Judge David J. Hale.
“I am deeply honored to be appointed by the President to serve alongside the talented professionals of the Western District U.S. Attorney's Office,” said Coleman. “At a time when our Commonwealth is losing its sons and daughters to drug overdoses at the highest rate in its history and our largest city is enduring an unprecedented increase in its murder rate, I am committed to using every statutory tool in our toolkit to aggressively aid our law enforcement partners in this fight.”
As U. S. Attorney, Coleman is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Kentucky, which consists of 53 counties with a population of more than 2.2 million, two military installations and four federal judicial divisions with courthouses in Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro.
Coleman will oversee a staff of 82, including 36 attorneys, 39 non-attorney support personnel, and seven federal contractors. The Office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the District, including crimes related to firearms, narcotics, public corruption, child exploitation, wire and bank fraud and terrorism. The Office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.
Coleman grew up in rural Western Kentucky, graduating from Logan County High School. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.
His resume includes more than a decade of experience working in federal positions where he was engaged in federal law enforcement matters. He served as Senior Advisor and Legal Counsel to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, working during that period as a liaison with Kentucky law enforcement on such efforts as expanding the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program to include Hardin and Nelson counties.
Prior to his five years in McConnell’s office, Coleman was a Special Agent with the FBI and worked as Briefing Coordinator to two U.S. Attorneys General at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Before his nomination, Coleman was most recently in private practice as a partner at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC.