Bill Mercer has served as United States Attorney for the District of Montana since April 20, 2001. On the recommendation of Senator Burns, President Bush nominated Mercer for the position and he was confirmed by the United States Senate.
In September of 2006, Mercer was nominated by President Bush as Associate Attorney General. Until his confirmation by the Senate, Mercer will continue to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Montana as well.
From June of 2005 through July 8, 2006, at the request of Attorney General Gonzales, Mercer assumed a dual assignment in Washington, D.C., where he served as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General.
Mercer, 42, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Montana from August 1994 through April 2001. Before returning to Montana, Mercer was Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General and Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Justice between November 1989 and July 1994.
He is a graduate of the University of Montana. Mercer received a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1988. Mercer received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1993.
Between 2001 and 2005, Mercer served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), a group of fifteen U.S. Attorneys who advise the Attorney General on policy matters. Attorney General Ashcroft appointed Mercer to Chairman of the AGAC from May 1, 2004, until he was appointed Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General.
Mercer serves on the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also serves on the University of Montana School of Law’s Board of Visitors and the University of Montana President’s Advisory Council. In 2003, Governor Martz appointed Mercer as Chairman of the Montana Board of Crime Control, a position he held for two years.