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Matthew Whitaker
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Acting United States Attorney General
In office
November 7, 2018 – February 14, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy Rod Rosenstein
Preceded by Jeff Sessions
Succeeded by William P. Barr
Chief of Staff to the United States Attorney General
In office
September 22, 2017 – November 7, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Preceded by Jody Hunt
Succeeded by Gary Barnett
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa
In office
June 15, 2004 – November 25, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Stephen Patrick O'Meara
Succeeded by Nicholas A. Klinefeldt
Personal details
Matthew George Whitaker

October 29, 1969 (1969-10-29) (age 51)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Iowa (BA, JD, MBA)

Matthew George Whitaker (born October 29, 1969) is an American lawyer and politician. He was the Acting United States Attorney General from November 7, 2018 until February 14, 2019. He was appointed by President Donald Trump after Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request.

Whitaker was a U.S. Attorney during the Bush Administration and was Chief of Staff to Sessions from September 2017 to November 2018.

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