Conner Eldridge, U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, is one of six U.S. attorneys named to the 21-member Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. The announcement was made by the office of newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The appointments were effective Wednesday (April 29), and those appointed are:
• U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly for the District of Connecticut;
• U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach for the Northern District of Ohio;
• U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge for the Western District of Arkansas;
• U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman for the District of New Jersey;
• U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin II for the Southern District of West Virginia; and
• U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
The AGAC was created in 1973 to serve as the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and to advise the attorney general on policy, management and operational issues impacting the offices of the U.S. Attorneys.
“The distinguished women and men who serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee provide invaluable advice and wise counsel that help shape the Justice Department’s approach to combating crime, violence, and injustice in every community across the country,” said Attorney General Lynch. “As a former chair of the AGAC, I am proud to welcome six outstanding new members to the Committee, and I look forward to all that we will achieve, with their help, in the days ahead.”
Eldridge was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas on Dec. 21, 2010. He is the youngest U.S. Attorney in the country. Eldridge serves as co-chair of the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, which is composed of 20 law enforcement agencies and Department of Justice components and works to increase collaboration in addressing the threat of Domestic Terrorism. While serving as U.S. Attorney, Eldridge has tried five cases to jury verdict.
He previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Arkadelphia (Clark County), Arkansas, as Counsel and, later, CEO of Arkadelphia-based Summit Bank; as a clerk to federal District Judge G. Thomas Eisele and as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln and former U.S. Congressman Marion Berry, both of Arkansas.