Chuck Blanchard, Former State Senator, Picked by Obama as Chief Lawyer for Air Force

Local lawyer and former State Senator Chuck Blanchard will be returning to Washington D.C. soon to serve as the general counsel to the Air Force.

Blanchard, a partner with the firm Perkins Coie, previously worked under the Clinton administration as general counsel to the Army and chief counsel to the drug czar's office.

Despite the latter position, in which he provided legal advice to a group of taxpayer-sponsored liars and propagandists, Blanchard's not such a bad guy. The Harvard-educated lawyer never set the state on fire with his personality, but the staunch Democrat had a solid reputation among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Blanchard's also an Episcopalian-flavored blogger who covered religious issues with a liberal bent, though he's quitting the hobby for a while to concentrate on his job. Here's his most recent post, in which he announces his appointment and includes a news release from the Obama administration:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Why I Stopped Blogging
After months of waiting, I can finally announce the reason why I have stopped blogging:

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Charles A. Hurley, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Robert O. Work, Under Secretary of the Navy, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense; and Charles A. Blanchard, General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense.

President Obama said, "I am confident that the skill and dedication these individuals bring to their roles will serve the American people well as we work to keep our nation safe at home and abroad. I am grateful that they have chosen to serve and look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:

. . .

Charles A. Blanchard, Nominee for General Counsel, Department of the Air Force, Department of Defense

Charles Blanchard is a litigation partner in the Phoenix, AZ office of Perkins Coie. During the Clinton administration, he served as the General Counsel of the U.S. Army (1999 - 2001) and Chief Counsel of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (1997 - 1999). Before assuming in those positions, he practiced law at Brown & Bain, P.A. (1988 - 1997) and served as Arizona State Senator (1991 - 1995). He also previously served as Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel James McKay (1987 - 1988). Mr. Blanchard has clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the DC Circuit and for Justice O'Connor. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School.

I really enjoyed blogging here--and expecially the virtual friends I met on the way (many of whom live near Washington, D.C. and so who I can now soon meet in the flesh if the Senate confirms my nomination).

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