White House Staff
September 25, 2014
06:18 PM EDT
In remarks from the White House State Dining Room this afternoon, President Obama announced that Eric Holder will be stepping down from his current position as U.S. Attorney General.
Assuming office in February 2009, Holder’s nearly six-year tenure makes him one of the longest-serving Attorney Generals in U.S. history. He will continue to serve as Attorney General until the President nominates his successor, and the successor is confirmed by the Senate.
As the President noted, Holder’s career in public service “began nearly 40 years ago as a young prosecutor in the Department that he now runs.” Over his career, Holder has served at the Department of Justice under six U.S. presidents — including serving as acting Attorney General at the beginning of President George W. Bush’s first term.
“As younger men, Eric and I both studied law,” President Obama said. “And I chose him to serve as Attorney General because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory. It’s a living and breathing principle.”
It’s about how our laws interact with our daily lives. It’s about whether we can make an honest living, whether we can provide for our families; whether we feel safe in our own communities and welcomed in our own country; whether the words that the Founders set to paper 238 years ago apply to every single one of us and not just some.
That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer.
“I chose him to serve as Attorney General because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory. It’s a living and breathing principle.”
— President Barack Obama
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