CNN is reporting that President Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch to be the next United States Attorney General. If confirmed, Lynch will succeed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced that he would be stepping down from the office after serving for nearly six years in September 2014.
Lynch has experienced a large amount of popularity and is in her second term as U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Lynch was appointed by President Obama in 2010 and also served in the same position from 1999 to 2001 under Bill Clinton’s presidency.
Lynch would become the second woman to become attorney general, as well as becoming the second African American to hold the post. This fact has added Lynch to the growing number of black women who are running for national and state elected offices. According to recent studies there are 30 black women running for U.S house seats.
This is a feat not only for the African American community but also for all women in general, as it demonstrates the ever evolving role of women in the larger scheme of society.
It is believed that Lynch’s expert experience would prove to be an invaluable resource in overseeing high profile civil rights investigations; including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Lynch experienced overwhelming approval from the Senate for her 2010 nomination to be a U.S Attorney. However, news of her impending nomination by the president has caused some opposition. Republican senator Ted Cruz, tweeted:
“Democratic senators who just lost their seats shouldn’t confirm new Attorney General. Should be vetted by new Congress,”
Democrat senators who just lost their seats shouldn’t confirm new Attorney General. Should be vetted by new Congress http://t.co/y8Rplz3tpd
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 7, 2014
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