WASHINGTON — Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., submitted Walt Green as her sole recommendation to serve as the chief prosecutor for the Middle District of Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge.
Green, who has worked in the office since 2000, has served as acting U.S. attorney since July 1, when Don Cazayoux stepped down for a private law firm position.
When making recommendations for a presidential nomination, U.S. senators from the same party as the president typically send two or three names from which to choose.
Landrieu sent only Green’s name as her recommendation for President Barack Obama to nominate as U.S. Attorney for the district that covers much of the Baton Rouge area.
“He (Green) is universally respected, extremely experienced, and he shows strong leadership abilities and wants to make a real difference for good in our community,” Landrieu said in a prepared statement.
“In addition to his broad legal experience he has also served our country as a Marine, including two tours in Iraq. I am delighted to have a person of such high caliber to recommend to the president as our next U.S. Attorney for our state’s Middle District.”
The choice of Green, 48, a native of Ferriday, is one for a prosecutor with a military history in the U.S. Marine Corps and in anti-terrorism efforts without any discernable partisan, political background.
Green also is the acting executive director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud, which was previously known as the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Command Center in Baton Rouge.
As the acting U.S. attorney, Green manages a staff of more than 45 federal and contract employees.
“I am very grateful to Sen. Landrieu for her recommendation to the president that I become the next U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana,” Green said in a prepared statement.
In a brief phone interview, Green said he plans to “lay low” and avoid commenting on the job while the confirmation process is pending.
“I’ve had the good fortune of meeting some very impressive leaders,” Cazayoux said.
“Sen. Landrieu has selected one of the strongest leaders who I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. Walt Green leads by example, with integrity, discipline, wisdom and compassion. The office will certainly be in good hands with Walt’s guidance.”
Landrieu’s choice of Green goes to the White House to determine if President Barack Obama will formally nominate him.
If Obama nominates him, then Green will have to move through the Senate confirmation process, unless blocked by Sen. David Vitter, R-La.
Landrieu also sent a single recommendation — instead of the usual range of up to three recommendations to the White House — earlier this year when she suggested Obama nominate Kenneth Polite Jr. as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in New Orleans.
The Middle District of Louisiana is comprised of the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
As the acting U.S. attorney, Green is tasked with carrying out the mission of the U.S. Department of Justice to combat terrorism and threats to national security, violent crime, public corruption, and to protect the public from hate crimes, human trafficking and exploitation.
Green is a graduate of LSU and the Tulane University Law School. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. He then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas as an assistant U.S. attorney before returning to Baton Rouge in 2000.
His prior duties as an assistant U.S. attorney included working as a weapons of mass destruction coordinator, anti-terrorism task force coordinator, deputy criminal chief and, most recently, as the first assistant U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge.
Green continues to serve as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as the officer-in-charge of the Environmental Services Division.
In 2004, Green was called to Iraq as a staff judge advocate for the Marine Corps. He has worked as a Marine judge advocate since 1993, serving stints in Thailand and Italy, where he worked on international treaty issues.
He comes from a long line of Marines — his father joined shortly after World War II; one uncle won the Bronze Star at Iwo Jima; and another uncle was stationed in China during World War II.
A third uncle was featured on a Marine Corps recruiting poster.