Mary Beth Buchanan is the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She was appointed by President George W. Bush on September 5, 2001, and confirmed by the United States Senate on September 14, 2001. Ms. Buchanan is the first woman in Pennsylvania's history to be Presidentially appointed to this position. As United States Attorney, Ms. Buchanan oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes, and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government has an interest, throughout the twenty-five counties in Western Pennsylvania.
At the request of the Attorney General, Ms. Buchanan also served from June 2004 until June 2005 as the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. This Washington D.C.-based office provides administrative support to the 94 United States Attorneys' Offices nationwide.
Prior to her appointment as United States Attorney, Ms. Buchanan served in various roles, including chair of Attorney General John Ashcroft's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys from April 2003 to May 2004. During this time, she also served on several subcommittees, including the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Working Group. From February 2002 to 2004, she served on an Advisory Committee to the United States Sentencing Commission, which was established to study the effectiveness of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for organizations. From 1992-2001, Ms. Buchanan served in the Criminal Division, representing the United States in the prosecution of both financial and violent crimes.
Throughout her career, Ms. Buchanan has served in leadership roles in many professional, charitable, and civic associations. She is a 1984 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, and a 1987 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.