Lower Moreland’s Rod Rosenstein Rise to Deputy Attorney General

Lower Moreland’s Rod Rosenstein took the job as second in command at the Department of Justice well aware of challenges ahead of him. (Image via The New York Times)

During his going away party in Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein made it clear that he knew exactly the responsibilities he would be taking on when he accepted the position of deputy attorney general, writes Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Rebecca R. Ruiz for The New York Times.

“He was happy, but he was also clear-eyed about what he was getting himself into,” said James M. Trusty, Rosenstein’s friend and former colleague. “That nobody comes out of the deputy attorney general position without aging.”

Rosenstein grew up in Lower Moreland, where his father Robert ran a small business and his mother Gerri worked as a bookkeeper. After getting his degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Rosenstein went to Harvard Law School, and graduated in 1989.

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A year later, Rosenstein joined the Justice Department and in 2005, was nominated by President George W. Bush as Maryland’s U.S. Attorney. He stayed there for twelve years before being appointed to the DOJ last month, just as the controversy over the firing of F.B.I. Director, James B. Comey was growing.

Now, Rosenstein lives with his wife, Lisa Barsoomian, in Bethesda, where they are getting used to the ongoing challenges of Rosenstein’s new position together.

Read more about Rosenstein at The New York Times by clicking here.

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