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After a delayed 166 days, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General by a 56-43 vote. Ten Republicans voted for Lynch’s confirmation. Both Illinois Senators – Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk – voted to confirm Lynch.

President Obama, Holder, CBC and prominent civil rights organizations responded to Lynch’s confirmation.

President Barack Obama:

Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General – and America will be better off for it.  Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy.  As head of the Justice Department, she will oversee a vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews – all of which matter to the lives of every American, and shape the story of our country.  She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform.  And she will build on our progress in combatting newer threats like cybercrime.  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.

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder:

“Loretta Lynch is a gifted attorney, a consummate professional, and a dedicated public servant.  I am pleased that the United States Senate has recognized her clear qualifications and the need for her confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.

“At every stage of her career, Loretta has earned the trust and high regard of allies and adversaries alike, both in Washington and throughout the country.  She is respected by law enforcement officers, civil rights leaders, and criminal justice officials of all political stripes.  In every case and every circumstance, she has demonstrated an unfailing commitment to the rule of law and a steadfast fidelity to the pursuit to justice.

“I have known and worked closely with Loretta for many years, and I know that she will continue the vital work that this Administration has set in motion and leave her own innovative mark on the Department in which we have both been privileged to serve.  I am confident that Loretta will be an outstanding Attorney General, a dedicated guardian of the Constitution, and a devoted champion of all those whom the law protects and empowers.  I congratulate her on her confirmation, and I look forward to all that the Department of Justice will do and achieve under her exemplary leadership.


BALTIMORE, MD — The NAACP congratulates Loretta Lynch on her confirmation as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General. Lynch makes history as the first African American woman to hold the highest federal law enforcement position in the country.

From Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO:
“We applaud the U.S. Senate for the historic confirmation of Loretta Lynch. She will serve as a relentless defender of the rights of all Americans. She will lead in situating the U.S. Department of Justice as our country’s enforcer of our civil rights. As an attorney with extraordinary depth, breath and length of service, in both the public and private sector, Ms. Lynch has successfully managed some of the most complex, diverse, and important cases in our country earning the trust and respect of those she serves. For 15 years she served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the federal prosecutor’s office that covers nearly 8 million people in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island, New York. Under her leadership, Ms. Lynch’s office has vigorously defended the nation against terrorism and organized crime.  She successfully convicted terrorists including individuals who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York City subway system, and she has prosecuted some of New York’s most violent and notorious gang members. Her dedication to protecting civil rights and ensuring equal justice is deeply ingrained. Her commitment to public service is unwavering, as is her focus on improving the criminal justice system, recognizing that there is still much more work to be done to make it smarter and fairer. Ms. Lynch will lead the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United States, with an integrity and strength that is sorely needed at this time.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Sr. Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Washington Bureau Director:
“The confirmation of Loretta Lynch by the U.S. Senate is a victory for equal justice and our nation. Her distinguished track record with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York demonstrates her extraordinary legal intelligence, courage and commitment to our justice system, as well as her fearless work to stop crime and violence. Ms. Lynch has earned praise for her work fighting sex trafficking, police brutality, terrorism, and religious and racial hate crimes. In fact, throughout her 30-year career, she has distinguished herself as a tough, fair, and independent lawyer who has twice headed one of the most prominent U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country.  She also traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014 to lead the Justice Department’s portion of the official U.S. delegation before the United Nations Covenant to Eradicate Racial Discrimination. Her personal experiences as a child growing up in North Carolina to a fourth-generation Baptist minister and a mother, who literally picked cotton so her daughter could have a better life, are an inspiration to all of us.”

Congressional Black Caucus:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I am proud to join with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus to applaud today’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.

“Today is a historic day for our country as Loretta Lynch becomes the first African American female to serve in the role of our nation’s top law enforcement official.  Her impeccable qualifications in this important position will help our country move the criminal justice system forward.

“Ms. Lynch was the choice of President Obama, she is the choice of the Congressional Black Caucus, and she is the best choice for all Americans.”

National Urban League:

Historic Confirmation of A.G. Lynch Coincides with Need to Address Civil Rights Concerns

NEW YORK (April 23, 2015) —
Calling Loretta Lynch “the most qualified person ever to hold the post,” the President and CEO of the National Urban League said he is confident the U.S. Attorney General can lead the Justice Department during a troubling era of civil rights unrest.

“The nation is in desperate need of AG Lynch’s expert leadership now that the Justice Department is engaged in investigations of voter suppression and police violence against men of color,” Marc H. Morial said. “Her exemplary record and sterling character are unquestioned, and her confirmation has been long past due.”

While Morial hailed the Senate’s confirmation of Lynch at long last as a historic step forward, he noted that the damage caused by the inexcusable delay will take time and effort to heal.

“We’ve waited longer for AG Lynch’s confirmation than we had to wait for the last seven Attorney General nominees combined,” Morial said. “The Senate leadership will have to work hard to overcome this breach of trust.”

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