"The Senate approved Lynch, a federal prosecutor from New York, on a 56-43 vote after an unusually lengthy confirmation delay. President Barack Obama nominated Lynch as the successor to Eric Holder in November.
MS Lynch's path to becoming the first African American woman to serve as attorney general was fraught with partisan bickering — fighting that continued on Thursday.
President Obama said the Justice Department would benefit from Lynch's experience as a "a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor."
Attorney General Lynch was first appointed to the U.S. Attorney post by former President Bill Clinton in 1999. She left for private practice in 2001 and then was appointed a second time by Obama in 2010. During her tenure, her office and helped convict the masterminds of the thwarted al Qaeda plot to attack the New York subway system, and tackled cyber crime and high-stakes financial fraud.
Her office's work has also included dramatic Mafia busts such as prosecuting Vincent Asaro and his crew last year for a $6 million cash and jewel heist from a Lufthansa vault at John. F. Kennedy International Airport in 1978. The movie "Goodfellas" was based, in part, on that heist.
Lynch, 55, is no stranger to civil rights issues.
She grew up accompanying her father, a fourth-generation Baptist minister to meetings to plan boycotts of segregated businesses in North Carolina. When she was a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office, she helped get a conviction of the New York police officer who sexually assaulted Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant, with a broom handle. It was one of the most high profile police brutality cases of the 1990s and, for Lynch, a career achievement.