Barack Obama Nominates First African-American Woman For Attorney General


On November 9th, President Barack Obama announced his nomination for the next Attorney General, and she could be on track to make history. Loretta Lynch, born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1959, received a Bachelor of arts in English and American literature from Harvard College in 1981 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1984.

President Barack Obama introduced his choice for attorney general, Loretta Lynch on Saturday. An accomplished prosecutor from New York City who will carry on a “fierce commitment to equal justice.” Obama argued at a White House ceremony that it’s “pretty hard to be more qualified” for the job of attorney general than Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch.

If Loretta Lynch goes on to replace  Eric Holder, America’s first Black Attorney General of the United States, she’ll be the first black woman ever to hold the title and the second woman, after Janet Reno to hold this office Loretta Lynch currently serves as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch was appointed in 2010 to New York’s eastern district by President Obama.

She was chosen in large part because the White House sees her as likely to win approval among the political divisions in the wake of Republican victories in the Midterm election.



  1. charisseemckee · November 11, 2014

    That is interesting as far as the reason they chose her. Strategizing maybe? One thing for sure it will be interesting to see how things will run now sense the house and the senate is mostly republican. I honestly wonder will they be able to get many things done.

  2. tierwootson · November 12, 2014

    This warmed my heart when I first saw this story on my timeline. As a African American woman myself, it’s nice to see us hold such high positions in the world. I know that she will do wonderful things and inspire people, not only in her community, but communities around the nation.

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