Trump Taps Santa Fe Lawyer For U.S. Attorney’s Post


Fordham Law alumnus John C. Anderson ’03 has been nominated to be United States Attorney.


President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated a Santa Fe lawyer to serve as the federal government’s top prosecutor in New Mexico.

John C. Anderson, a former assistant U.S. attorney, has prosecuted players in some of the high-profile scandals that rocked New Mexico politics in recent years.

Now in private practice, he is poised to become the next U.S. attorney after Trump forced out Democrat Damon Martinez earlier this year along with dozens of federal prosecutors around the country who were appointed by then-President Barack Obama.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Anderson, 42, would take charge of an office responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases ranging from drug dealing to unauthorized immigration, espionage and terrorism. His jurisdiction would run along the Mexican border, across American Indian reservations where the federal government is responsible for prosecuting major crimes, and encompass national laboratories and military bases.

According to court records, he has represented the Republican Party of New Mexico in defending the state’s closed primary election system. And he represented the prison health care company Corizon in an open-records lawsuit.

Anderson on Wednesday described it as an honor to be nominated for the post. He deferred to the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House for further comment.

Raised on Long Island, Anderson graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and received his law degree from Fordham University in New York.


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