Senate Confirms Louisiana Nominees Cazayoux, Whitehorn, Harrison

June 22, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Behind the push of United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., the Senate today confirmed President Obama’s nominees to fill three critical roles in Louisiana. Former U.S. Congressman, Don Cazayoux, was confirmed as U.S. Attorney in Louisiana’s Middle District, while Kevin Harrison was confirmed as U.S. Marshal in Louisiana’s Middle District and Chief Henry L. Whitehorn Sr. was confirmed as U.S. Marshal in the Western District. All three nominees were confirmed unanimously.

Sen. Landrieu recommended Cazayoux for the post in May 2009.

“Don Cazayoux is well-versed in both criminal and civil law, and has focused much of his career on bringing sex offenders and child predators to justice, a priority shared by leaders throughout Louisiana,” Sen. Landrieu said. “His enthusiasm to serve Louisiana, whether as a prosecutor or as a legislator on the state and federal level, makes him an ideal candidate for the U.S. Attorney position in the Middle District. Without question, he will help make our communities safer and stronger when he is confirmed as U.S. Attorney.”

“I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to work with the outstanding men and women in the law enforcement community of the Middle District of Louisiana,” Cazayoux said. “I applaud their work under the leadership of former U.S. Attorney David Dugas and interim U.S. Attorney James Stanley “Stan” Lemelle. They make our communities safe, and I look forward to being part of their ongoing successes. I am thankful for Senator Landrieu’s recommendation and continued support throughout this process, for President Obama’s nomination, and to Senator Vitter and the entire Senate for their confirmation vote.”

Sen. Landrieu recommended Whitehorn for the position in August 2009.

“During his 29 years with the Louisiana State Police, Chief Whitehorn excelled as Trooper, Narcotics Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel and finally Superintendent,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Each of these positions allowed him to work in communities throughout the Western District, including Bossier City and Alexandria. Chief Whitehorn has had an outstanding career in public service in Louisiana, and he is beloved in the Western District. I know the citizens of Shreveport will be sad to see him leave as Police Chief, where he has served with such distinction. But his deep knowledge of criminal justice issues makes him the perfect candidate to serve our state and nation as U.S. Marshal for the Western District.”

“As I enter this new phase in my law enforcement career, I must reiterate how honored I am by Senator Landrieu recommending me for U.S. Marshal of the Western District of Louisiana,” said Whitehorn. “My subsequent nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by The United States Senate has truly humbled me and I stand ready to serve my President and my country. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and I consider it a privilege to serve in such a capacity. Over the past thirty five years, I have made public service a top priority in my professional and personal life and I look forward to the challenges this new position holds for me. I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank Mayor Cedric Glover and the Shreveport City Council for giving me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Shreveport. I have enjoyed my tenure at the Shreveport Police Department tremendously and it has been an honor to work side by side with the men and women who make up that fine organization.”

Sen. Landrieu recommended Harrison for the post in May 2009.

“The Senate has confirmed someone who is wholly dedicated to making Louisiana neighborhoods and communities safer,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Kevin Harrison has the strong support of local sheriffs, district attorneys and other law enforcement officers in the Middle District. This support, his record in fighting crime and his steady rise through leadership positions within the DEA since the mid-1980s made him the natural choice to be Marshal in Louisiana’s Middle District.”

“I am truly grateful and humbled by my appointment to the United States Marshal position in the Middle District of Louisiana,” said Harrison. “I will hopefully fulfill the expectations placed on me by the President and more particularly Senator Landrieu while serving the people of Louisiana. This is definitely the highlight of my law enforcement career and I am very excited to get started.”

Donald “Don” Cazayoux currently practices primarily civil litigation in New Roads, Louisiana. Mr. Cazayoux received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University, and then obtained his law degree from the Georgetown University School of Law.

Shortly after graduating law school, he served as a local prosecutor in Pointe Coupee Parish and never lost a jury trial, and later practiced civil litigation in private practice for more than a decade.

Mr. Cazayoux went on to serve as a state representative for the 18th District and a member of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee. There he strengthened Louisiana’s ethics laws and wrote legislation that toughened sentences for sexual offenders. In 2008, he was elected to the United States Congress, filling the seat held by Rep. Richard Baker.

Henry Whitehorn is currently the Chief of Police for the Shreveport Police Department. Chief Whitehorn has served in that position since 2007. A member of the State Police force from 1978 to 2007, Whitehorn capped his career by being appointed by then-Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve as Louisiana State Police Superintendent.

In the mid-70s, Chief Whitehorn was an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force. Whitehorn later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University – Shreveport and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University.

Since 2005, Kevin Harrison has served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in New Orleans. In this capacity, he serves as a liaison between federal, state and local anti-drug efforts. He also commands six supervisors and more than 80 investigative and support personnel, while coordinating and managing the DEA’s activities in 51 of Louisiana’s parishes.

Prior to his employment with the DEA, Mr. Harrison worked as a trooper for the Louisiana State Police, from 1979 to 1986. In 1984, he was the Chief Deputy at Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. He received his bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University.

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