Eric Holder

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Eric Holder
Eric Holder official portrait.jpg
82nd United States Attorney General
In office
February 3, 2009[1] – April 27, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byMichael Mukasey
Succeeded byLoretta Lynch
United States Attorney General
Acting
In office
January 20, 2001 – February 2, 2001
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJanet Reno
Succeeded byJohn Ashcroft
Deputy Attorney General of the United States
In office
1997–2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJamie Gorelick
Succeeded byLarry Thompson
US Attorney for the District of Columbia
In office
1993–1997
Nominated byBill Clinton
Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
In office
1988–1993
Nominated byRonald Reagan
Personal details
Born (1951-01-21) January 21, 1951 (age 68)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sharon Malone
Children(3)
Alma materColumbia University
Columbia Law School
ProfessionAttorney at law

Eric Holder (born January 21, 1951) is an American attorney. He served as the Attorney General of the United States, under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. He is the first African-American to hold that post.[2] Before being named as Attorney General, he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia under President Clinton[3] and help pick Joe Biden as Obama's running mate.[4] Holder was born in the Bronx.

On September 25, 2014, the Justice Department said Holder would resign as soon as his successor is confirmed.[5] He was succeeded by Loretta Lynch on April 27, 2015.

References[change | change source]

  1. "USDOJ: Office of the Attorney General". US Department of Justice. February 12, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  2. Johnson, Carrie (February 3, 2009) [Tuesday]. "Holder Confirmed as the First Black Attorney General: Nominee Overcame Objections in GOP". The Washington Post. p. A02. Retrieved July 3, 2009.
  3. Longstreth, Andrew (June 2008). "Making History With Obama" (Cover Story). Making History. The American Lawyer. Retrieved November 18, 2008.
  4. "The New Team: President Obama has now filled nearly all of the major posts in his new administration". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2010.
  5. Wilber, Del Quentin; Schoenberg, Tom (September 25, 2014). "Holder Said to Plan to Resignation as Attorney General". Bloomberg News. Retrieved September 25, 2014.