Loretta Lynch Confirmed by U.S. Senate as Attorney General

Historic confirmation makes the Brooklyn federal prosecutor the first black woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States

WASHINGTON –  Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization congratulated Loretta Lynch on her historic confirmation as the Attorney General of the United States. After months of delay due to partisan politics, today the U.S. Senate finally confirmed her appointment.

HRC President Chad Griffin released the following statement:

“Based on her strong record on civil and human rights as a U.S. Attorney, there is no doubt that Loretta Lynch will continue the administration’s unprecedented commitment to LGBT equality and justice for all Americans. We congratulate her on her historic confirmation and look forward to working closely with her to ensure the LGBT community is treated equally under the law.”

Appointed by President Obama in 2010 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, she had previously served in the same role from 1999-2001. Once sworn in to office, the Brooklyn federal prosecutor will be the first black woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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