Senate votes to confirm Holder as attorney general

Eric Holder will become the nation's first African-American A.G.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 3, 2009 12:00AM (EST)

Despite early bluster from Senate Republicans about his nomination, Eric Holder had a relatively easy time being confirmed as the nation's next attorney general. The Senate voted 75-21 in favor of confirmation Monday night.

Holder, who will become the first African-American attorney general in U.S. history, will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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