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Cotton, Boozman Applaud Nomination of Dak Kees for U.S. Attorney for Western District of Arkansas

September 22, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton applauded President Trump's nomination of Duane (Dak) Kees for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

Born in Little Rock, Kees is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas School of Law. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001 and rose to the rank of Captain while earning numerous awards and decorations. During his military career, Kees served as a Legal Assistance Attorney, Trial Counsel, Brigade Judge Advocate and Senior Defense Attorney. He was deployed to Afghanistan for a year and served a 15-month rotation in Iraq.

Kees is currently employed as the Director of Global Ethics and Compliance at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville. He was recommended to President Trump for appointment by Boozman and Cotton.

"This is a strong choice. Dak Kees has a keen legal mind, a record of military service, and a deeply held commitment to our state. I'm confident he'll serve the people of Arkansas well while also upholding the rule of law. I thank him and his family for accepting the call to serve," Cotton said.

"Dak's strong investigative skills and extensive hands-on experience handling complex litigation in criminal courtrooms make him an excellent nominee for U.S. Attorney for the Western District. His service as an Army JAG officer is a unique quality that strengthens his case by bringing additional skillsets to the office. Senator Cotton and I will work with our colleagues to get Dak's nomination, as well as Cody Hiland's nomination for the Eastern District post, approved by the Senate as quickly as possible. We want to get them on the job quickly so they can begin working to make our communities safer," Boozman said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO) Western District of Arkansas includes 34 counties stretching from Texarkana and El Dorado to Fayetteville and Fort Smith. It is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation for this district. This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.