To many Salinians, he’s known as the friendly, lederhosen-clad fellow who greets everyone with a smile or a pretzel at Oktoberfest.
Today, Matthew Schneider was appointed Interim US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Schneider was the top deputy to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. According to the Detroit News, he was lead attorney representing Gov. Rick Snyder and the State of Michigan in the Detroit bankruptcy case.
“United States Attorneys lead federal prosecutions across this country, taking deadly drugs and criminals off of our streets and protecting the safety of law-abiding people, as well as representing the United States in civil litigation.” said Attorney General Sessions. “As a former U.S. Attorney myself, I have seen firsthand the impact that these prosecutors have and it is critical to have U.S. Attorneys in place during this time of rising violent crime, a staggering increase in homicides, and an unprecedented drug crisis. “That is why, today, I am appointing 17 current and former federal prosecutors to serve as U.S. Attorneys on an interim basis. Each has excellent prosecution skills and the temperament necessary to succeed in this critical role—and they have already proven that with a number of accomplishments on behalf of the American people. I want to thank them for stepping up to take this difficult but noble job. I also want to thank those First Assistant United States Attorneys who temporarily stepped up to lead their offices as Acting U.S. Attorneys and who are now returning to their roles as First Assistants.”
Schuette released a statement praising Schneider.
"Matthew Schneider is an outstanding lawyer, and is superbly qualified to be the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a person of utmost integrity, high character and will reflect everything that is great about Michigan in his new position,” Schuette said.
Chief Legal Counsel Laura Moody will take over the role of Chief Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Solicitor General Eric Restuccia will assume the role of Chief Legal Counsel for the Department, according to the statement.
Schneider lives in Saline with his wife, Rebecca Schneider, and their two children.