The long-rumored nomination of John Wood to become U.S. Attorney in Kansas City materialized Tuesday with a White House announcement that he is going to the Senate for confirmation.
Until recently, Wood served as chief of staff to Michael Chertoff, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Predictions that President Bush would nominate Wood, a cousin of U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, began circulating in the legal and political communities last spring.
He will replace Bradley J. Schlozman, who was appointed interim U.S. Attorney in March 2006 following the resignation of Todd Graves.
Schlozman said he is looking forward to a smooth transition: “I know John well and have worked very closely with him during my time at the Department of Justice. He is an incredibly bright, highly principled and genuinely likeable person for whom I have nothing but the greatest respect.”
A magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, Wood clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 1997 to 1998. He then worked until 2001 as an associate in the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis.
A Missouri Republican, Wood also served on the staff of former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth.
He worked in the Justice Department before moving to the White House, where he served as deputy general counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. Returning to Justice, he served as counselor to the attorney general, where he oversaw the department’s civil, civil rights, antitrust, tax and environmental divisions and civil terrorism litigation.
Chertoff appointed Wood as his chief of staff in February 2005.
He is married to Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She’s a native of Shawnee.
Posted by Mark Morris