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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 19, 1993


(Washington, DC) President Clinton nominated four individuals to be United States Attorneys today. The four are:

     Michael Troop, Western District of Kentucky
     Gaynelle G. Jones, Southern District of Texas
     Judith A. Stewart, Southern District of Indiana
     Karen E. Schreier, District of South Dakota

     Michael Troop  served as Commissioner of the Kentucky State 

Police and Secretary of the Justice Cabinet from May 1988 to June 1991. For his work in that position, he received numerous commendations from state and national law enforcement and legal organizations. He has since worked as Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Wendell Ford. Before entering public service in 1988, he practiced law privately in Madisonville, Kentucky and was trial commissioner of the Hopkins County District Court from 1977-80. From 1974-77, he was an Assistant Professor of Business Law at the University of Mississippi. In 1974, he served in the Kentucky General Assembly. Troop holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Lillian, live in Frankfort, Kentucky. They have two children.

Gaynelle Jones, currently of counsel to the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins, served from 1989-92 as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, handling tax fraud and bank fraud cases. In July 1992, she was given a temporary appointment to be Justice of the First Court of Appeals in Houston, where she served for five months. From 1985-88, Jones was a faculty advisor and on the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys, after serving in the Harris County District Attorney's Office since 1982. Before returning to her home state of Texas, Jones had practiced law in Massachusetts and Louisiana, where she also served as an Assistant District Attorney. She holds a B.A. from Emerson College and an J.D. from Boston College Law School, is married, and has a daughter and two stepsons. She is 44 years old.


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Judith A. Stewart is a Judge on the Brown County, Indiana, Circuit Court, a position she has held since 1991. She was elected to that post in 1990 after having served for two years as a referee on that court. Previously, she had worked in a general litigation practice with the Indianapolis firm of Lewis, Bowman, St. Clair & Wagner, and had clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Harold Baker. She is also involved in numerous community and professional activities. Stewart holds a B.A. from Butler University and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law.

Karen E. Schreier is a partner in the law firm of Hagen, Wilka, Schreier & Archer in Sioux Falls, practicing civil litigation, administrative law, appellate, probate, and estate planning. She has been with the firm since 1982, after serving as a law clerk to South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Francis G. Dunn in 1981-82. She graduated in 1981 from the law school at St. Louis University, where she also earned her bachelor's degree. Schreier is a former Chair of state Democratic party, and has been an active member of many civic and charity organizations. She is 36 years old.

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