Loretta Lynch becomes first black woman to serve as US attorney General Federal prosecutor from Brooklyn confirmed after a months-long delay in the US Senate.
The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama’s final 21 months in office.
President Barack Obama first nominated Ms Lynch to be America’s top law enforcement officer in November of last year but her confirmation has been held up by political wrangling in Congress.
The 55-year-old, who was previously a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, will succeed Eric Holder as the head of the Justice Department. Mr Holder was the first black attorney general and a close confidante of Mr Obama’s, once describing himself as “the President’s wing man”.