The Senate yesterday confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. The 56-43 vote ended a more than five-month delay since her nomination was stalled by legislators expressing concern over her support of President Obama’s executive action on immigration law.
Lynch will be the 83rd person to head the U.S. Department of Justice and the first African-American woman to do so. The current Attorney General, Eric Holder, released a statement yesterday calling Lynch a “gifted attorney, a consummate professional, and a dedicated public servant” who has demonstrated an “unfailing commitment to the rule of law and a steadfast fidelity to the pursuit to justice.” Ms. Lynch is expected to be sworn in Monday.
Interested in learning more about the office of U.S Attorney General and about the U.S. Department of Justice? We recommend the department’s excellent website, justice.gov. You can view the department’s current bio on Loretta Lynch, as well as the portraits and bios of all of our previous 82 Attorneys General.