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Loretta Lynch sworn in as new U.S. attorney general

Contributed by on April 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

Loretta Lynch was sworn in today to lead the Justice Department (DOJ) as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States.

As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race – issues strikingly similar to what she’s dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City and its eastern suburbs.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about time, ” said Vice President Joe Biden at the swearing in ceremony. Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who left the job Friday after six years as attorney general.

Her confirmation took longer than expected after Senate Republicans said they would not vote on her nomination until the upper chamber cleared a human trafficking bill that previously included controversial language about abortion.

Vice President Joe Biden applauds as Loretta Lynch speaks at the… Many opposed a qualified nominee simply because she agreed with the man who appointed her. If there’s anything you should know about Loretta Lynch following her father’s example she excelled in everything she’s done since she was a child.

Lynch, 55, thanked her family and above all her father.

In a statement, Obama said America will be better off with Lynch leading the Department of Jusice. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. She will replace Eric Holder, a perennial lightning rod for conservatives who was once held in contempt of Congress. The vote total for Lynch was the lowest for any attorney general since Michael Mukasey won confirmation with 53 votes in 2007 after Democrats decried his refusal to describe waterboarding as torture. I have been privileged to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you twice before from the Eastern District of New York.

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Lynch grew up 60 miles to the east in Durham, North Carolina.

This is hardly an earth-shattering revelation.It should surprise no one that a person nominated by the president to be attorney general would agree with the president on a key issue.

All of the people here at the department are here because at some point in our lives, we all said, “I want to be a lawyer”.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As First Black US Attorney General In Moving Ceremony