April 23, 2015

Watson Coleman on Lynch Confirmation: "An Incredible Moment for our Nation."

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC (April 23, 2015) ― Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) issued the following statement after Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General of the United States, making her the first African American woman to serve in that role:

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch has spent most of her career fighting to ensure that justice is offered to every American, and that the principles of freedom and equality this nation was founded upon are applied fairly in our justice system. I am confident that she will remain steadfast in her dedication to those principles as she takes a place in history that she has earned through her years of service.

“This is an incredible moment for our nation, as the first African American Attorney General leaves office, and the first African American woman takes his place. But while that narrative means so much for children of color who may never otherwise have aspired to roles like this one, it shouldn’t overshadow the tremendous work Attorney General Holder has done to protect voting rights, reduce incarceration, and assess the practices of law enforcement, or the incredible talent and passion that Attorney General Lynch will bring to bear.

“The only blemish on this moment is the unfortunate fact that it took Senate Republicans 126 days to let go of politics and advance this eminently qualified nominee. Nonetheless, I look forward to working with Attorney General Lynch and the Department of Justice to help ensure that Americans in my district and across the country are treated fairly, and that justice remains accessible to all.”