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Duane Kees Resigns as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas


Duane “Dak” Kees

by Tyler Hale

U.S. Attorney Duane “Dak” Kees has tendered his resignation and moving back into the corporate world. Kees has served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas since 2017 after being nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Kees is leaving his U.S. Attorney’s position to take up a role at Tyson Foods Inc, where he will serve as the chief counsel for global investigations and regulatory compliance.

According to his letter of resignation, Kees’ resignation will officially go into effect at midnight on Jan. 17.

As U.S. Attorney, Kees headed up the Western District of Arkansas, which includes 34 counties. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the region extends “from Texarkana and El Dorado to Fayetteville and Fort Smith.” Kees’ office headed up prosecution for all federal criminal statutes in the Western District region.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Rees had served as director in global ethics and compliance for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where he oversaw the company’s global ethics and compliance governance. He previously served in the Asa Hutchinson Law Group and was a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer.

Numerous lawmakers voiced their support for Kees as the news of his resignation spread. Federal lawmakers, including Sen. Tom Cotton, issued statements on social media, acknowledging Kees and his service.

In a tweet, Cotton commended Kees on his work for victims’ rights during his tenure as U.S. Attorney. “Dak Kees has served Arkansas well as U.S. attorney (sic) and has been a champion for victims’ rights. I wish him the best in his future endeavors and appreciate his service.”

Sen. John Boozman also issued a statement, thanking Kees for his service as U.S. Attorney. Boozman noted Kees’ efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Arkansas. “Dak Kees has served our country with honor and distinction as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. His commitment to the rule of law made our communities safer, and I especially appreciated his work to confront the over prescription of opioids that has fueled the epidemic we are experiencing. I am grateful for his public service and wish him luck in his future endeavors,” Boozman wrote.

Kees obtained a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is also currently a Brigade Judge Advocate for the Arkansas National Guard, holding the rank of Major.

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