James W. Ziglar was appointed Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) by George W. Bush in 2001, and faced some of the INS's greatest challenges in the wake of September 11th. Mr. Ziglar retired from federal service on November 30, 2002. Prior to serving as INS Commissioner, Mr. Ziglar was the 35th Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate, where he served as chief administrative officer, chief protocol officer and chief security officer. In 1987, Mr. Ziglar served as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science.
Early in his career, Mr. Ziglar worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Judicidary Committee , and as a legislative and public affairs officer at the Department of Justice. He began his career as a lawyer, as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun in the 1972 Term of the Supreme Court. In addition to Mr. Ziglar's 15-year career in public service, he has a total of 16 years experience in investment banking and seven years experience in private law practice. He was a Resident Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics during the 2003 Spring Semester. He presently is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the bars of New York, Washington, DC, Virginia and Arizona. He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from George Washington University. He and wife Linda have three sons.