The Senate confirmed U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general in a 56 to 43 vote April 23. Lynch replaces outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in that position since 2009.
President Obama said in a statement that Lunch had spent her life fighting for fair and equal justice, and will bring her experience as a tough and well-respected prosecutor to a variety of issues.
"As head of the Justice Department, she will oversee a vast portfolio of cases, including counterterrorism and voting rights; public corruption and white-collar crime; judicial recommendations and policy reviews – all of which matter to the lives of every American, and shape the story of our country," Obama said.
He said Lynch will also build on the progress made by Holder in fighting cyber-related crime.
"Loretta's confirmation ensures that we are better positioned to keep our communities safe, keep our nation secure, and ensure that every American experiences justice under the law," Obama said.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that he has known Lynch since 1997 and has seen her progress into a solid, steady and experienced prosecutor.
"The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice work together on a range of issues. I look forward to working with Loretta," Johnson said.