Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Appointment of Debo P. Adegbile to Serve as a Commissioner On the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

“I applaud President Obama’s wise appointment today of Debo P. Adegbile to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Debo brings a strong, independent and knowledgeable voice to the Commission.  He has devoted much of his career to fighting for the civil rights of all Americans.  Debo has also twice argued before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.

“At a time when religious and racial minorities feel afraid and threatened, and when Americans’ voting rights are in their greatest jeopardy since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the Commission will play an important role in ensuring that the American people are informed about the current state of federal civil rights policy and the enforcement of those laws.  Debo’s much needed expertise will serve the Commission well.  I congratulate Debo on his appointment.”

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