Sally Yates

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Sally Q. Yates
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United States Deputy Attorney General
Assumed office
January 10, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by James Cole
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia
In office
March 10, 2010 – January 10, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by David Nahmias
Succeeded by John Horn
Personal details
Born Sally Caroline Quillian
(1960-08-20) August 20, 1960 (age 61)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Georgia

Sally Q. Yates is the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, as of March 2015.[1][2][3]

Early Life and Education

Yates was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia, receiving her B.A. degree in 1982. Her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, is from the University of Georgia Law School, awarded in 1986.


From 1985 to 1989, Yates practiced with King & Spalding, in Atlanta. From 1989 to 2015, she was with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, rising from Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1994 to Chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, in 2002 to First Assistant U.S. Attorney, in 2004 to Acting U.S. Attorney, and in 2010 to U.S. Attorney. She was the lead prosecutor in the prosecution of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph. During her time as a U.S. Attorney, Yates was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as Vice Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Senate confirmation

On May 13, 2015, the United States Senate voted 84-12 to confirm Yates as Deputy Attorney General of the United States.[4]