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For Immediate Release:  April 23, 2015

Contact: Jonathan Gilad, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
jgilad@thejcpa.org; 202-212-6031

JCPA Congratulates Loretta Lynch on her historic confirmation as Attorney General

Washington – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs congratulates Loretta Lynch on her historic confirmation as the nation’s first African-American female Attorney General. Lynch is replacing Eric Holder, who was the first African-American to hold the position. Loretta Lynch will be the nation’s second woman to be confirmed as Attorney General; Janet Reno, who served in the Clinton administration, was the first woman to serve as Attorney General. During her career as a US Attorney Loretta Lynch has proven herself to be a diligent pursuer of justice and equality under the law. 

“Beginning with her first high profile case prosecuting New York City police officers for the brutality against Abner Louima, Loretta Lynch has proven herself to be a steadfast pursuer of justice. As the first African-American woman to be confirmed as Attorney General, we are thrilled and eager to work with Loretta Lynch on important issues facing the Jewish and African-American communities. Her record as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for upholding justice and the public trust is beyond reproach,” said Susan W. Turnbull, JCPA Chair. 

 “We hope to continue building a strong positive relationship with the Justice Department on matters concerning the Jewish community. Loretta Lynch has been at the forefront of prosecuting terrorism and public corruption. She is an excellent choice to be our nation’s top law enforcement official,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, JCPA President. 

Since its inception, JCPA has closely monitored the federal courts and the degree to which their opinions were adequately protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In 2002, JCPA passed a resolution “Calling for Careful Consideration of Judicial Nominees by the Senate,” which read, “The Senate and its Judiciary Committee must assess each nominee’s qualifications for the job. The Senate should also consider a nominee’s experience, judicial temperament, judicial bias, writings and opinions, and public record on and off the bench…” 

JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 17 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.

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