Grambling State University alumnus Henry Whitehorn has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Marshal in the Western District of Louisiana.U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, who recommended Whitehorn for the position last August, related, “Chief Whitehorn has had an outstanding career in public service in Louisiana, and he is beloved in the Western District. During his 29 years with the Louisiana State Police, Chief Whitehorn excelled as trooper, narcotics trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and finally superintendent.”
She added that these positions allowed Whitehorn to work in communities throughout the Western District, including Bossier City and Alexandria.
“I know the citizens of Shreveport will be sad to see him leave as police chief, where he has served with such distinction. But his deep knowledge of criminal justice issues makes him the perfect candidate to serve our state and nation as U.S. Marshal for the Western District.”
In the mid-70s, Whitehorn served in the U.S. Air Force. He later graduated with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Louisiana State University – Shreveport and a master’s of science in criminal justice from Grambling State University.
“I’m extremely pleased with the nomination of Chief Whitehorn to the Western District of Louisiana,” noted GSU Interim President Frank Pogue. “This marks the second time in recent months that a Gramblinite has been nominated to a national position.”
Last July, Sen. Landrieu recommended Grambling alumnus Stephanie Finley as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District, and President Obama subsequently nominated her to the post.
The Western District of Louisiana consists of 42 of the state’s 64 parishes.