(1951- ) Eric Holder is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, and the first African American to hold that position. Holder grew up in New York and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976. While in law school, he clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice. Following graduation, he was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976, where he investigated and prosecuted official corruption at the local, state and federal levels.
In 1988, President Reagan nominated Holder to the D.C. Superior Court. After serving as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1993-1997, Holder became the first African American Deputy Attorney General in 1997. In 2001, Holder left the Department of Justice to work at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington. In December 2008, President Obama nominated Holder to be U.S. Attorney General. He won Senate confirmation in February 2009.
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