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After Long Delay, Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lynch, in 56-43 vote, becomes first African American woman to lead the Justice Department.

The Senate on Thursday afternoon confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. attorney general, the first African-American woman to hold the post.

Lynch’s 56-43 confirmation vote marked the end of a five-month wait marked by political wrangling over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration and an unrelated Senate spat over federal abortion funding.

“Even Republicans who will vote against her because they disagree with the president praise her credentials and personal qualifications,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said before an earlier vote Thursday to end debate and move to confirmation. No previous attorney general nominee has been subject to such a cloture vote, which carries with it a filibuster threat.

Obama in November nominated Lynch—who until Thursday was the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York—to succeed Eric Holder Jr., the first African-American to lead the Justice Department.

Read the whole story at The National Law Journal

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