Eric Holder Confirmed: First Black Attorney GeneralPublished by Pamela Gentry on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 1:40 am.
By Pamela Gentry
Feb. 2, 2008 – Black History month has begun with the confirmation of Eric Holder as the nation’s first African-American attorney general and the second Black in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
Late Monday night the Senate confirmed the once assistant attorney general under the Clinton administration with a vote 75- 21.
Holder was a federal prosecutor, judge and the deputy to attorney general at the Justice Department under Janet Reno in the Clinton administration. Critics of Holder had agreed he was well-qualified for the top job, but questioned a pardon he granted in the last hours of Clinton years and his judicial independence.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Holders staunches supporter said the confirmation was a fulfillment of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King’s dream that everyone would be judged by the “content of their character.”
” Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee told his colleagues “Come on the right side of history,”