The low-key U.S. attorney and nominee to head the Department of Justice has handled a number of high-profile cases in her storied career. With official word from the White House, Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is the nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Pending confirmation by the Senate, Lynch, 55, she will become the first African-American woman to be named U.S. attorney general.
Described as a low-profile prosecutor, she appeared to be under most people’s radars, but she’s no stranger to Washington, D.C. As chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys, which provides policy advice to the attorney general, Lynch was required to spend time in Washington, D.C., where she worked closely with Holder.
Here are five other things you should know about the next chief of the Department of Justice.
1. She has brains and experience.
Lynch, who was born and raised in Greensboro, N.C., received her bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard. Before becoming the lead prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, she first came to the district’s office in 1990 as a staff attorney, where she prosecuted drug and violent crime cases.
Source: The Root