(Washington, D.C.) The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States, a full 110 days since President Barack Obama announced it. Her nomination will now move to the Senate floor for a full vote.
Lynch, who would be the country’s first African American woman to serve as Attorney General, is exceptionally qualified for the position. She currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position to which she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In addition, she has been a partner in a private law firm and an adjunct law professor. She has held leadership roles in Department of Justice committees and served on the Boards of Directors of numerous non-profit organizations and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The following is a statement from National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Co-president Marcia D. Greenberger:
“It is critical that the Senate approves Ms. Lynch’s nomination as quickly as possible. She is exceptional, and possesses, in abundance, the knowledge, integrity and superb judgment required to serve as Attorney General. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated that she is committed to equal justice and the rule of law. The Senate would do well to approve her nomination expeditiously, so she can begin the urgent work that awaits her at the Department of Justice.”