Durbin Celebrates Committee Approval Of Nomination Of Loretta Lynch To Be Attorney General

Senate Judiciary Committee advances nomination by vote of 12-8


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, praised the qualifications of historic Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch today before voting in favor of her nomination at a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she has held since 2010.  Her nomination will now proceed to a vote by the full Senate. A photo of Senator Durbin’s meeting with Lynch following her nomination is available here.

Prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation of Lynch’s nomination, Durbin said: “I will tell you, having watched a lot of witnesses – including some extraordinary witnesses like Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts – I cannot remember a better, more professional, and complete presentation by any witness before this Senate Judiciary Committee.”


Speaking about the history of civil rights in America, and the historic nature of Lynch’s nomination, Durbin also said: “And let us reflect upon the moment that we have before us today. This is the first African-American woman in the history of the United States who would serve as our Attorney General. This is a solemn, important, and historic moment for America.”