The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will commence the vetting process for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch this morning. This ought to be a proud moment for North Carolinians as Lynch would be the first native of our state to serve in the position. She grew up here and her immediate family still lives in the state.
Unfortunately, at this point, we don’t even know what action North Carolina’s two senators (including Senator Tillis, who serves on the Judiciary Committee) will take on the nomination. Let’s hope they do the right thing. Contact information for Tillis is available here.
Here is some additional information about Lynch and her ties to North Carolina compiled by the good folks at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The more you read, the more impressed you will be:
Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Has Extensive Ties to North Carolina
- Loretta Lynch, the nominee for Attorney General of the United States, is a North Carolina native whose immediate family still lives in the State. Lynch’s experiences growing up in North Carolina during the civil rights movement helped shaped her strong sense of fairness and justice on which she has relied throughout her extraordinary legal career. North Carolinians are extremely proud of her nomination and are eager to see her quickly confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
- On November 8, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be the 83nd Attorney General of the United States. President Obama described Lynch as “tough, fair and independent.” The Attorney General is considered the nation’s top law enforcement official.
- Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold the position. Only one other African American, Eric H. Holder, Jr., and one other woman, Janet Reno, have held the office.
- Importantly for North Carolina, Loretta Lynch would be the first North Carolina native ever to serve as Attorney General in the history of this country. Read More