Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Attorney General Eric Holder

“Attorney General Holder has been an extraordinary leader of the Department of Justice, and is to be congratulated for his service.  Under his leadership, the Department has had remarkable success in convicting terrorists and disrupting threats to national security, while upholding the Department’s mission of keeping our communities safe from crime and fighting fraud.  I particularly appreciate how Attorney General Holder has restored the Civil Rights Division to its historical mission.  His dedication to defending Americans’ voting rights, at a time when these constitutional rights are under attack, has been supremely important.  Attorney General Holder has demonstrated his commitment to protecting the civil rights of all Americans with his thoughtful implementation of both the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.   His recent focus on the need for sentencing reform and programs to reduce recidivism have brought to the fore an important conversation we as a nation must have.  I thank Attorney General Holder for his service, and I wish him and his wife Sharon the very best in the future.”

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