SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that John C. Gurganus, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, was reappointed as the United States Attorney by order of the District Court Judges effective March 17, 2022. Mr. Gurganus was initially appointed United States Attorney by order of United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on November 17, 2021, for one hundred twenty days or until a Presidential appointment was made, whichever occurs first. That appointment expired on March 16, 2022, and this new appointment by the District Court Judges appoints Mr. Gurganus as United States Attorney until the vacancy is filled by the President. Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann administered the oath of office to Mr. Gurganus yesterday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Gurganus began his 33-year legal career with the United States Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 1988, as a Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division in the New York City Field Office. In 1989, he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and has been based in the Scranton, Pennsylvania office since that time. During his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Gurganus has held a number of positions including First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Chief, Deputy Criminal Chief, and Lead Task Force Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
His experience includes the prosecution of a wide variety of cases, including public corruption, drug trafficking, violent crimes, tax evasion, child pornography, extortion, kidnapping, firearms, and fraud crimes. Mr. Gurganus received two Department of Justice Director’s Awards for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S Attorney: one for work in prosecuting drug overdose cases, and the other for obtaining a guilty verdict for an individual who attempted to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Gurganus served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Richard P. Conaboy, United States District Court Judge, Scranton, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. from Villanova University in 1983, and received his law degree in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He resides in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania.