Richard A. Fowler
WASHINGTON— Statement from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Senate confirmation of Loretta Lynch for the post of United States attorney general.
"Loretta Lynch is a widely respected public servant and a fair prosecutor with exemplary qualifications. She has been a champion in the fight to end terrorism, hate crimes, public corruption and community violence. Her confirmation as attorney general makes her the first African-American woman to hold the position at a time when our nation is grappling with inequities and patterns of bias in our justice system.
"Confirmations should never be held hostage by 166 days of political gamesmanship. Confirmations should be swift and based on qualifications—which is why Loretta Lynch's nomination for attorney general should have sailed through. We commend this long overdue vote and look forward to working with an attorney general who takes to heart the Justice Department’s mission to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."