It’s finally official: Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the new Attorney General of the United States. It’s an historic day as Lynch will be the first ever black, female U.S. Attorney General.
Lynch was nominated by President Obama last November to replace Eric Holder who had stepped down as U.S. Attorney General in September.
Partisan politics have prevented bringing the nomination up for a vote for months. The Republican-led Senate refused to set up a vote on her nomination until Democrats agreed to fix some abortion-related wording on a completely separate human-trafficking bill.
That bill passed on Wednesday, freeing up the Senate to vote on Lynch’s nomination this morning. The end result was 56-43 in favor of Lynch.
In 2010, Lynch was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Attorney General for New York’s Eastern District. She has been known as a quiet, but effective prosecutor with an outstanding history of handling tough cases related to civil rights, public corruption, voting laws and white-collar crime.
One of her most noteworthy accomplishments occurred in the 1990s when she served as a prosecutor and Chief Assistant for the N.Y. Eastern District. She aided in the conviction of a NY police officer who had sexually assaulted a Haitian immigrant woman. This high-profile case spearheaded Lynch’s budding political career.
Although the U.S. government is notorious for its low female representation, Lynch’s appointment surely inspires more women in major political positions.
“Loretta’s confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law.” – President Obama, in a statement following the vote.