Stuart M. Gerson

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Stuart M. Gerson
Attorney General of the United States
In office
January 20, 1993 – March 12, 1993
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by William P. Barr
Succeeded by Janet Reno
Personal details
Born January 16, 1944
Profession Attorney

Stuart Michael Gerson (born January 16, 1944[1]) was the acting Attorney General (AG) during the Clinton Administration,[2][3] serving in the early months of 1993.

Gerson was a debate coach for President George H. W. Bush during the 1988 campaign[3][4] and went on to serve on President-elect Bush's transition team.[3] Gerson was part of the Bush Administration's National Health Policy Working Group, serving as head of its Medical Malpractice Reform Working Group.[3] At the Department of Justice (DOJ), he was the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.[2][3]

Gerson was Acting Attorney General from January 20, 1993, to March 12, 1993.[1] He was in the position for two reasons. Clinton had problems in finding an Attorney General during that period.[5] Also, he was fourth in the line of succession at the Justice Department (other senior DOJ officials had already resigned).[4] Gerson supported the Brady bill[5] and was in office during the beginnings of the Waco siege.[6] Janet Reno, President Clinton's nominee for Attorney General, was confirmed on March 12,[7] and he resigned the same day.[7] Acting Attorney General Gerson's last day at the Justice Department was March 19.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cahoon, Ben (2000). "United States Government". World Statesmen. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 20 January 1993 - 12 March 1993 Stuart M. Gerson (acting) (b. 1944)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gerson, Stuart M. (2007-03-14). "Inside the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys Controversy". The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2008-12-12. That is correct. I had been the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division during Bush I, and was Acting Attorney General at the beginning of the Clinton administration.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (n.d.). "Stuart M. Gerson Member of the Firm". Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Retrieved 2008-12-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Labaton, Stephen (1993-01-25). "Notes on Justice; Who's in Charge? Bush Holdover Says He Is, but Two Clinton Men Differ". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Staff reporter (1993-02-21). "Stuart Gerson's Parting Shot". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12. As supporters of the Brady gun-control bill prepare to introduce it in Congress yet again this week, they find a welcome, if unlikely, ally in Stuart Gerson, the Acting Attorney General. Because President Clinton has had so many problems finding a new Attorney General, Mr. Gerson remains in office....<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Scruggs, Richard; Steven Zipperstein; Robert Lyon; Victor Gonzalez; Herbert Cousins; Roderick Beverly (1993-10-08). "Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas February 28 to April 19, 1993". Department of Justice. Retrieved 2010-01-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ifill, Gwen (1993-03-12). "Reno Confirmed in Top Justice Job". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-12. She will replace Acting Attorney General Stuart M. Gerson, a holdover appointee from the Bush Administration. Ms. Reno said he resigned today.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>