July 20, 2021

Senate Confirms Louisiana Native Kenneth Polite

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today released a statement following the Senate confirmation of Kenneth Polite, a Louisiana native, to be Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. 

“From humble beginnings in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Polite has accomplished much due to his intelligence, hard work, and support from his family,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Mr. Polite is well qualified to succeed in this position.”

Polite served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 2013 to 2017.

Polite received a full scholarship to De La Salle High School. He later graduated from Harvard University and Georgetown Law School. He has over two decades of litigation and management experience in criminal, civil, and compliance law.


Cassidy introduced Polite at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in May. Polite also received endorsements from Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the New Orleans Department of Police, FBI New Orleans Field Office former Special Agents in Charge Michael Anderson and Daniel H. Evans, and several Louisiana sheriffs, district attorneys, and faith-based leaders.