Lynch waited nearly six months for her nomination to be confirmed, one of the longest cabinet-level delays in U.S. history according to the New York Times.
Its been reported that Lynch, 55, is seen as a no-nonsense prosecutor, and has wide law enforcement support. The issue that weathered her support with Republicans was immigration, and her refusal to denounce President Barack Obama’s executive actions limiting deportations for millions of people living illegally in the U.S.
Despite the disagreement over immigration, Lynch won the support of 10 Republicans, more than expected in the days heading into the vote. Even during the delay, republicans made sure not to deny that Lynch was more than qualified for the job.
According to the Associated Press, Obama said Lynch had established credibility with both law enforcement and civil rights groups, adding that he wanted to work with her to rebuild trust between police and communities in the U.S.
“She’s spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that’s the foundation of our democracy,” Obama said.
Here’s a look at seven major Loretta Lynch #BossMoves, made throughout her career and her fight for justice:
1. First African American female U.S attorney general.
2. Served two stints as a U.S. Attorney.
3. She attended Harvard University and received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law school.
4. Lynch successfully prosecuted police in the Abner Louima case, the Haitian immigrant who was sodomized with a broom handle by New York City police in 1997.
5. Lynch prosecuted a Republican congressman who was recently re-elected to office.
6. She was a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2003 to 2005.
7. Lynch prosecuted former New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. Landing him five years in prison and embezzlement and political corruption.