October 17, 2021

Senate Finally Votes to Confirm Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General

Senate Finally Votes to Confirm Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General

The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General on Thursday, making her the official successor to Eric Holder:

BREAKING Lynch is confirmed as attorney general on the Senate floor via @cspan vote count of 54-43

As a result, Lynch will become the first African-American woman to ever head the Justice Department.

Lynch had been in limbo, waiting for a confirmation vote since November. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blasted the delay prior to the vote, saying:

“Her nomination has languished longer than the last seven Attorney General nominees combined.”

As a result of the confirmation, the 55-year-old Lynch will finish her tenure as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Prior to the vote, a handful of Republicans expressed support for Lynch. Among them was Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH), who announced her decision to vote for Lynch on Thursday, saying:

“Ms. Lynch is a well-respected U.S. attorney with a proven record and significant experience handling difficult cases,” she said. “After meeting with her and reviewing her qualifications, I believe she is clearly qualified and has the necessary experience to serve as attorney general.”

The vote for Lynch’s confirmation came only after the Senate reached a deal and unanimously passed the human trafficking bill, which was long fought over due to specific provisions about abortion, which Democrats accused Republicans of sneaking in to the legislation.