Ryan K. Buchanan has been sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.

According to a press release, U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., administered the oath of office in a private ceremony. 

The U.S. Senate confirmed Buchanan on April 27 after President Joe Biden nominated him on November 15, 2021.

“I am honored to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia,” Buchanan said. “I am grateful to President Biden for the opportunity to lead a dynamic and talented team of public servants who are dedicated to the pursuit of justice and ensuring the safety of our community. I am also thankful for the recommendation and support of Senator Ossoff and Senator Warnock during the confirmation process. This office has a long tradition of working closely with our law enforcement and community partners, the defense bar, and the court in serving this district. I look forward to maintaining and strengthening those relationships.”

As the chief federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Georgia, Buchanan is in charge of about 250 prosecutors and staff and oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought in the district on behalf of the United States. They enforce federal criminal law, advocate for crime victims, and represent the United States’ interests in federal court.

Buchanan, who joined the Department of Justice in 2010 as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Alabama, has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia since 2013. He also has served as National Security and Anti-Terrorism Council coordinator and deputy chief of the Violent Crime and National Security Section.

Buchanan has successfully prosecuted cases involving foreign terrorist organizations and attempts by domestic terrorists to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

He also has handled cases involving organized crime and racketeering, robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, exploitation of children, and other violent crimes.

A graduate of Sanford University and Vanderbilt Law, Buchanan also has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Inge P. Johnson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He also was an associate at McGuireWoods LLP.

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Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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