WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate today confirmed B. Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Jones was nominated by President Barack Obama on Jan. 24, 2013 to serve as the agency’s director. With this confirmation, Jones becomes the agency’s first permanent director in seven years and the first Senate confirmed director.
(ATF) is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.
In 2006 a provision inserted into the 2006 reauthorization of The Patriot Act required that the Senate confirm future ATF directors. Prior to this change, (ATF directors were appointed positions and did not require Senate confirmation.
While serving as the acting director of (ATF), Jones was also the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, a post he held since Aug. 7, 2009. Jones served as both ATF acting director and U.S. Attorney until his confirmation as ATF Director.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney in 2009, Jones was a partner with a major national law firm in Minneapolis, where his practice focused on complex business litigation. He represented a number of organizations and individuals in criminal and civil regulatory matters. Jones is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also has served as special counsel to various boards of public and privately held companies. In that capacity, he led internal investigations and provided guidance on compliance and governance issues.
Jones has held the position of United States Attorney twice in his career. President Clinton first appointed him in 1998, and he served until January 2001. Earlier in his career, Jones also was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota. During his initial tenure as a federal prosecutor, he conducted grand jury investigations and was the lead trial lawyer in a number of federal prosecutions that involved drug trafficking, financial fraud, firearms, and violent crime.
Jones received his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983 and his B.A. from Macalester College in 1979. Following admission to the Minnesota bar, he went on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an infantry officer with the First Marine Division and, subsequently, both a trial defense counsel and prosecutor in a number of court martial proceedings. In 1989, he left active duty and returned to Minnesota with his family. He was recalled to active duty in 1991, during Operation Desert Storm and was stationed at Camp Pendleton California until the cessation of hostilities.