October 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Nominee Clint Fuchs for U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland

Senators recommended Fuchs to President Joe Biden

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised President Joe Biden’s nomination of Clint Fuchs to be the new U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland.

“Maryland needs a U.S. Marshal with a proven track record combating violent crime, including the persistent gun violence that continues to plague Baltimore City. Clint Fuchs meets this mark, and we were proud to recommend him to President Joe Biden for this critical position,” the senators said. “Clint has demonstrated a passion for public service and the rule of law, from his time in the U.S. Marine Corps to his 15 years of service as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. He has held numerous leadership roles in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, with a focus on fighting violent crime in the state, including Baltimore City. The working relationships and solid partnerships he has built with various federal, state, and local agencies will serve the people of Maryland well. In addition to addressing gun, drug, and gang violence in the state, we are confident that Clint will strengthen our justice system by helping protect our federal judiciary and witness security and upholding the rights of all Marylanders. Johnny Hughes has left an enduring mark as U.S. Marshal in Maryland for more than 20 years, but we know Clint is well-equipped to step into this important role – and we look forward to advancing his nomination in the U.S. Senate.”

Fuchs was born and raised in Maryland and is a graduate of the McDonogh School in Baltimore. He received his BA cum laude from Georgetown University in 1998. After college, Fuchs enrolled in the United States Marine Corps, and served as an artillery officer in the 2nd Marine Division.  He then attended Columbia University Law School and received his JD in 2005.  After law school, he clerked for Judge William Quarles in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Fuchs joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland in 2008. He began as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Violent Crime Section, handling criminal investigations and prosecutions in cases involving racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, commercial robbery, and firearms violations. After a detail to the Senate Judiciary Committee, in 2016, Fuchs became the Chief of the Violent Crime Section, supervising Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the prosecution of violent crimes, drug crimes, and firearms crimes. In this role he: supervised the office’s Violent Repeat Offender (VRO) program; established the violent crime intelligence unit; and created a prosecutor-led task force to increase the prosecution of firearms offenses. He helped to establish the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a multi-agency strike force to combat organized violent crime in Maryland, in close coordination with the Baltimore Police Department and other local, state, and federal agencies.

From 2020-2022 Fuchs served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, supervising Assistant U.S. Attorneys. He also serves as an adjunct professor the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, teaching an annual seminar on the role of the federal prosecutor in the criminal justice system.

If confirmed by the Senate, Fuchs would fill the position previously held by Johnny Hughes, who recently retired after more than two decades of service as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland. Hughes had been nominated for the appointment by President George W. Bush in 2002, a few months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Marshals Service is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Marshals Service is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, and is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. The First Congress created the Marshals Service through the Judiciary Act of 1789, the same legislation that established the federal judicial system. The duties of the Marshals Service include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners, and operating the Witness Security Program.