Engler Congratulates Chiara on Senate Confirmation as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 30, 2001


Governor John Engler today congratulated Margaret M. Chiara on her unanimous U.S. Senate confirmation October 23 as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.


"Margaret-Mary Chiara has the distinction of being among the first nominated by President Bush to be confirmed as a U.S. attorney," noted Governor Engler. "I am confident that with her reputation for diligence and integrity, she will serve with distinction."


Margaret-Mary Chiara, of East Lansing, has served as the policy and planning director in the Office of the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Previously, she served as an administrator for the Trial Court Assessment Commission, created by the Michigan Legislature. Chiara was appointed as Cass County’s prosecutor in 1987 and was elected twice thereafter.


She earned a bachelor of science degree from Fordham University, a master’s degree in education administration from Pace University in New York, and a juris doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1979. Past president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, she also served on that organization’s board of directors from 1988 to 1996.


Chiara is a member of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice and previously served as a member of the State Board of Community Corrections. From 1981 to 1992, she served as director and chair of Twin County Community Corrections Probation Center, a not-for-profit residential program that serves non-violent felony offenders in Cass and St. Joseph counties.


Engler added that he eagerly anticipates the confirmation of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey Collins, who was nominated by President Bush to serve as U.S. Attorney in Michigan’s Eastern District.