THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DONNA A. BUCELLA AS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR
THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
The President today announced his intent to nominate Donna A. Bucella to be the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.
Ms. Donna A. Bucella, of Tampa, Florida, has served as the district's Interim U.S. Attorney since August. She previously served with the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys at the Department of Justice, most recently as Director. In this role, she oversaw operations of, and provided support, to the country's 94 U.S. Attorneys' offices. From 1994-1997, Ms. Bucella was the office's Principal Deputy Director, functioning as the primary liaison between all the Department of Justice components and the U.S. Attorneys' office. During this period, she also served a five-month court appointment as Interim U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. In addition, Ms. Bucella was one of the first federal prosecutors involved in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. From 1993-1994, she was the Director of the Office of Legal Education, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, supervising a staff that provided accredited legal training programs for approximately 11,000 federal workers and others annually. Ms. Bucella was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida from 1987-1993, working in the Appellate, Major Crimes, and Economic Crimes Divisions. She was also Deputy Chief of Major Crimes and Special Prosecutions. Ms. Bucella previously was a lawyer with Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army, where she worked in the areas of criminal defense and procurement fraud.
Ms. Bucella received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a J.D. degree from the University of Miami Law School. She is a member of the Florida and Virginia Bar Associations. She also holds the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.
United States Attorneys are the chief federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers for the 94 federal judicial districts. They have principal responsibility for the prosecution of federal matters in their district.