WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General, the nation’s top law enforcement officer. The confirmation, passed by a Senate vote of 56-43, comes after months of delay by Republican leadership. Lynch will be the first African-American woman to serve in the role.
“After months of needless delay, the Senate has put aside partisan differences in favor of progress to confirm Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General,” Brown said. “Ms. Lynch has a proven track record of fighting for justice and equal rights and she will bring that dedication to advocacy to her role. I’m confident that, under her leadership, the Department of Justice will stand up for voting rights and a fair criminal justice system.”
An accomplished attorney and experienced litigator, Lynch has undertaken a distinguished legal career. Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York – one of the nation’s most active U.S. Attorney’s offices.
Last month, Brown spoke out against Republican Senators’ efforts to delay the confirmation vote. In February 2015, Brown met with Lynch and raised topics important to Ohioans, including voting rights and criminal justice.