This past Thursday, the Senate voted 56 to 43 to confirm U.S. Attorney General Nominee Loretta E. Lynch. Lynch’s confirmation comes five months after President Obama’s initial nomination. The time between her nomination and confirmation was one of the longest for any nominee in the last 31 years.
Many Republicans were hesitant to confirm Lynch due to her support of Obama’s executive actions regarding immigration reform. For some on the right, Obama’s executive actions are seen as an overreach of his power and have caused a partisan rift.
Her nomination also holds major significance because of the Justice Department’s recent role in the debate over the connections between race and policing practices.
After Lynch is sworn in, she will replace current Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and become the first African American woman U.S. Attorney General. Her journey up to this point has been tedious and will continue to unfold as she assumes her duties.
As the attorney general, Lynch will be the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the U.S. The administrations and operations overseen by the attorney general and the DoJ include the F.B.I., D.E.A., and U.S. Marshall services.
Lynch will represent the U.S. in legal issues, foreign and domestic, when the U.S. has a vested interest as well as provide advice on legal matters to the President, the Cabinet and the heads of other executive departments and agencies. The job also requires Lynch to make federal appointment recommendations to the president concerning judicial and law enforcement positions such as the Supreme Court and U.S. Marshals.
Lynch is being sworn as attorney general amid increasing tensions surrounding the treatment of minorities by law enforcement and continuing disputes over immigration policy.
The spotlight remains on Lynch as the world awaits her first actions as U.S. Attorney General.