Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Eric Holder.
If approved by the full Senate, Holder, will be the first African American to head the Justice Department.
Only two Republican Senators – John Cornyn (Texas) and Tom Coburn (Okla.) voted against Holder’s nomination. The men cited Holder’s role in Bill Clinton’s pardon of Mark Rich, his views on terrorism and his record on gun policy.
He now waits for confirmation by the Senate within the next couple of weeks.