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Directors, Then and Now
 

Photograph of Robert S. Mueller, III
Robert S. Mueller, III
Director
September 4, 2001- Present

Robert Mueller was nominated by President George W. Bush and became the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on September 4, 2001.

Mr. Mueller was born in New York City and grew up outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1966 and earned a masters degree in International Relations at New York University in 1967.

He then joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an officer for three years, leading a rifle platoon of the Third Marine Division in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Following his military service, Mr. Mueller earned a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973 and served on the Law Review.

After completing his education, Mr. Mueller worked as a litigator in San Francisco until 1976. He then served for 12 years in United States Attorney's Offices, first in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, where he rose to be chief of its criminal division. In 1982, he moved to Boston as an Assistant United States Attorney where he investigated and prosecuted major financial fraud, terrorist and public corruption cases, as well as narcotics conspiracies and international money launderers.

After serving as a partner at the Boston law firm of Hill and Barlow, Mr. Mueller was again called to public service. In 1989 he served in the United States Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh. The following year he took charge of its Criminal Division. During his tenure, he oversaw prosecutions, including the conviction of Panama leader Manuel Noriega, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing case, and the John Gotti mobster prosecution. In 1991, he was elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 1993, Mr. Mueller became a partner at Boston's Hale and Dorr, specializing in complex white collar crime litigation. He returned to public service in 1995 as senior litigator in the Homicide Section of the District of Columbia United States Attorney's Office. In 1998, Mr. Mueller was named United States Attorney in San Francisco and held that position until 2001. He then served as Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice for several months, before becoming FBI Director.

Mr. Mueller and his wife Ann have two daughters.

Robert S. Mueller, III
2001- Present

Thomas J. Pickard
2001 (Acting)
Louis Freeh
1993-2001
Floyd I. Clarke
1993 (Acting)
William S. Sessions
1987-1993
John Otto
1987 (Acting)
William H. Webster
1978-1987
Clarence M. Kelley
1973-1978
William D. Ruckelshaus
1973 (Acting)
L. Patrick Gray
1972-1973 (Acting)
J. Edgar Hoover
1924-1972
William J. Burns
1921-1924
William J. Flynn
1919-1921
William E. Allen
1919 (Acting)
Alexander B. Bielaski
1912-1919
Stanley Finch
1908-1912