WASHINGTON — Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) on April 23 released the following statement on Loretta Lynch’s historic confirmation by a 56-43 vote as the first woman of color to serve as U.S. attorney general:

Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch

“Loretta Lynch is a strong leader with a long and distinguished record of public service. Her wealth of experience as a prosecutor will serve her well as she steps into her new role as our nation’s top law enforcement officer; charged with countering terrorist threats, going after criminals, and protecting our civil rights and liberties.

“But we can’t ignore the fact that Loretta Lynch’s historic confirmation as the first woman of color to lead the Department of Justice was dragged on for over five months—longer than the last seven attorney general nominees. These political games have to stop.

“I urge my colleagues in the Senate to continue building on the bipartisan stands we have taken this week, passing our human trafficking bill, as well as finally voting on Ms. Lynch’s nomination. I hope we continue to come together to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the economy for middle class families.”

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