Erica MacDonald was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota on June 11, 2018. U.S. Attorney MacDonald was nominated by President Donald Trump on April 10, 2018, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 24, 2018. As United States Attorney, Ms. MacDonald is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the District of Minnesota. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, firearms, narcotics, child exploitation, human trafficking, financial fraud, healthcare fraud, and public corruption. The office is also responsible for representing the United States in affirmative and defensive civil cases, as well as assisting communities throughout Minnesota in appropriate community-building efforts designed to enhance public safety.
Before taking office, U.S. Attorney MacDonald was a judge in Dakota County since 2009. Prior to her judgeship, from 2000-2009, U.S. Attorney MacDonald served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and for the District of Minnesota. She began her legal career in 1997 as a judicial clerk to Judge James Henry Alesia of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. She then joined the firm of Kirkland and Ellis in 1999. U.S. Attorney MacDonald received her J.D. degree, with honors, from DePaul University College of Law, and her B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Through her tenure, U.S. Attorney MacDonald has overseen prosecution and law enforcement over many rural and tribal communities, and she will bring this important perspective to the Commission.