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History Making Attorney General

April 24th, 2015

New U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Justice/public domain

History was made Thursday when Loretta Lynch was named U.S. Attorney General.

She is the first African-American woman to hold this position.

The Attorney General is the head of the federal government’s Justice Department.

Ms. Lynch is now the top lawyer of the country in charge of maintaining justice and fighting crime. It’s one of the most important jobs in the country.

The president gets to choose who he wants in this job but the Senate had to approve President Obama’s choice by voting on it. A lot of people were upset because it took them five months to get to it, especially because most people believe she’s extremely qualified for the job.

When President Obama nominated her (announced her as his choice) he said, “Loretta might be the only lawyer in America who battles [tough criminals] and still has the reputation for being a charming people person.”

Senator Claire McCaskill said, “This woman is the embodiment of the American dream in action.”

Ms. Lynch’s father was a minister and her mother was a librarian. Ms. Lynch grew up during the civil rights era and this may be something she’ll focus on as attorney general.

There’s a lot of work to be done right now to have better relationships between police officers and the communities they serve. A lot of people are hoping Ms. Lynch is the person for the job.

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