|Address||1336 N Hoyne Ave |
Chicago, Illinois 60622, United States
|| May 22, 1967
Sep 08, 2010 09:12pm
Jewish - Married - Straight -
|Info||David H. Hoffman, 42, is a former federal prosecutor, reform leader, and corruption fighter who will bring a distinguished record of 16 years of public service and independent, effective advocacy for Illinois taxpayers to the U.S. Senate. |
As Inspector General for the City of Chicago for the past four years, Hoffman transformed the Inspector General’s Office into a fiercely independent and highly professional anti-corruption office. Hoffman directed a 60-person staff of attorneys, investigators, and auditors that exposed bribery, fraud and theft schemes, contracting corruption, illegal employment practices, ethics violations, and extensive waste. His joint investigations with the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies led to federal charges against numerous city employees and contractors and uncovered widespread corruption in Chicago’s system of building-safety and zoning inspections.
In January 2009, Governor Pat Quinn appointed Hoffman to the 15-member Illinois Reform Commission, which was charged with recommending anti-corruption and ethics reforms in the wake of former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s arrest. While participating in the Commission’s hearings and town meetings around Illinois, Hoffman and the other Commission members heard extensive testimony from citizens about their frustration with Illinois’ history of corruption and their desire for reform. He drafted substantial portions of the Commission’s proposed legislation regarding criminal law and contracting reforms, and testified at a number of legislative hearings on behalf of the Commission’s recommendations.
Hoffman served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago from 1998-2005, and was appointed Deputy Chief of the Narcotics and Gangs Section by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. In this post, he led a newly created gang unit, supervised all federal gang investigations and prosecutions, and helped create a new federal-local gang investigation strategy that Justice Department officials used to train gang investigators around the country. He also served as co-leader of the office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) anti-gun violence program, which helped reduce gun violence in some of Chicago’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. Hoffman was one of the leaders in creating and running a highly-praised program in which law enforcement and community organizations worked together in high-crime neighborhoods to persuade felons convicted of gun crimes not to carry guns.
While an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Hoffman investigated and prosecuted all types of federal crimes, including drug trafficking and money-laundering cases against street gangs and international drug cartels, and white-collar crimes including health care fraud, bank fraud, and tax fraud. He received the Director’s Award in 2002 for his prosecution of 48 defendants who “rented” babies to smuggle liquid cocaine in baby-formula cans from Panama to Chicago and other cities.
Earlier in his career, Hoffman served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and for a United States Court of Appeals Judge. He also served as Press Secretary and legislative assistant for foreign policy to U.S. Senator David Boren (D-OK), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Hoffman, whose great-grandfather moved to Chicago in the 1890’s, is a native of Chicago’s North Shore and graduated from New Trier High School in 1984. He received a B.A. in History in 1988 from Yale University, where he captained the rugby team. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995, where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review and received the university’s President's Award for Volunteer Service for founding Neighbors, a neighborhood-based community service program.
Hoffman lives in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife, Monique, who hails from Downstate Alton. They have a two year-old son, Grayson, two dogs, and two cats.