Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation’s 82nd attorney general, and the first African American to hold the position, announced his intent to resign today.
Holder’s resignation was first reported by NPR, and the Attorney General has indicated he will remain in his position until the Senate confirms his successor. Holder ranks as the fourth-longest serving attorney general in U.S. history.
Holder is one of the President’s longest serving cabinet members, having joined the Administration in 2009. He discussed his plans to resign with the President over Labor Day weekend, according to media reports.
The Attorney General informed Justice Department staff of the news this morning, and called civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, to inform them before the news went public.