It's Official: Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

Yesterday morning, President Obama officially nominated Loretta Lynch as his pick for U.S. Attorney General. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman in U.S. history to hold the position.

Lynch was born in North Carolina in 1959, raised by a school librarian and a Baptist minister. She received her B.A. from Harvard University in 1981 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.

Lynch has had an impressive legal career. As current U.S. Attorney in New York's Eastern District, she has tried a number of bank fraud and corruption cases, with a pending case against Republican Congressman Michael Grimms. When she served under the same position between 1999 and 2001, she oversaw the federal prosecution against the New York City police officers who brutally assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. In the time between her two stints as U.S. Attorney, she became a partner at international law firm, Hogan & Hartson.

The Senate will begin the confirmation process for Lynch in 2015.

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