Loretta Lynch US Lawyer makes history as she becomes first black female Attorney-General

Lynch was confirmed in the Senate 56 to 43, earning votes from all the Democrats and 10 Republicans.

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Loretta Lynch, the current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has made history as the US senate has confirmed her as the first black female United States Attorney-General.

Lynch was confirmed in the Senate 56 to 43, earning votes from all the Democrats and 10 Republicans.

While United States Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz opposed her appointment proclaiming her "unfit" for the job, other Republicans who opposed her conceded they didn't doubt she was qualified for the job.

Instead, they voted against her because of their anger over Obama's recent executive action on immigration, which would provide deportation relief for up to 1.8 million undocumented immigrants. A policy lynch would have to defend in her new role as Attorney-General.

Reacting to her confirmation, US president, Barack Obama said:

"Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General and America will be better off for it. 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."

Meanwhile, ahead of Thursday's vote, Democrats chided Republicans for throwing up so many roadblocks to Lynch's confirmation.

She had been waiting for a vote for more than five months, longer than any of her recent predecessors.

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