March 7, 2015
Washington – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) congratulates Loretta Lynch on her historic confirmation as the nation’s first African-American female Attorney General. Lynch is replacing Eric Holder, who was the first African-American to hold the position. Loretta Lynch will be the nation’s second woman to be confirmed as Attorney General; Janet Reno, who served in the Clinton administration, was the first woman to serve as Attorney General. During her career as a US Attorney Loretta Lynch has proven herself to be a diligent pursuer of justice and equality under the law.
“Beginning with her first high profile case prosecuting New York City police officers for the brutality against Abner Louima, Loretta Lynch has proven herself to be a steadfast pursuer of justice. As the first African-American woman to be confirmed as Attorney General, we are thrilled and eager to work with Loretta Lynch on important issues facing the Jewish and African-American communities. Her record as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for upholding justice and public trust is beyond reproach,” said Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Chair.
“We hope to continue building a strong positive relationship with the Justice Department on matters concerning the Jewish community. Loretta Lynch has been at the forefront of prosecuting terrorism and public corruption. She is an excellent choice to be our nation’s top law enforcement official,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, JCPA President.