He served 23 years on the D.C. Court of Appeals. Before that, he spent many years as chief of the appellate division of the U.S. attorney’s office.
Overcoming an impoverished upbringing, he attained the rank of career ambassador and served as U.S. envoy to Sierra Leone, Togo, Bahrain and Slovenia.
She became the second woman to serve as the nation’s chief tax collector. “We are one agency of government that touches the lives of everyone,” she said, “and are[a] surrogate for people’s frustration with all levels of government.”