Pitman sworn in as U.S. Attorney

Posted October 10, 2011

Robert Pitman ('85) took office Monday as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Austin.

Pitman, who was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week, did not make a speech after U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks administered the oath of office. He said formal remarks would come at an investiture ceremony in about two weeks.

In a written statement, Pitman said: "There is no greater honor for a lawyer than to represent the people of this country, and I will work hard to justify the confidence placed in me by the president and the senators."

Pitman is now the top prosecutor in a district that covers 68 counties and about 93,000 square miles in central, west and south Texas. He'll oversee about 250 employees at offices in Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Midland, Waco, Del Rio, Alpine and Waco.

The Western District is one of four federal judicial districts in Texas.

"I'm looking forward to working with the men and women in the federal law enforcement community," Pitman said in the statement, "to ensure that laws of the United States are enforced fairly, responsibly and diligently." Read more at Statesman.com.