(WASHINGTON) — As new terror threats emerge from the Middle East and the battle continues over border enforcement in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder is urging lawmakers both internationally and at home to take action.
Check out four things you might not know about Holder.
1. His personal life
Holder was born in New York City and went to Stuyvesant High School. He earned an undergraduate degree in American history from Columbia University and later a law degree from Columbia Law School. He is married to Dr. Sharon Malone, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and they have three children.
2. His career
Holder is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States and the first African-American to hold the position. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and took office on February 3, 2009. Holder was also the first African-American to hold the position of Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton administration. He was unanimously confirmed for that post by the Senate. Before being confirmed as President Obama’s Attorney General, Holder was a partner at the law firm Covington and Burling LLP.
3. His prickly relationship with Republicans as AG
Holder — who is the only member of the cabinet to be held in contempt of Congress — has had an especially prickly relationship with some House Republicans. The animosity between the Attorney General and House GOP members has spilled into the open more than once, including Holder once describing conduct by Rep. Darrell Issa during a May 2013 Judiciary Committee hearing as “shameful” and memorably sparring with Rep. Louie Gohmert at a April 2014 hearing.
4. His Reagan connection
Despite his seemingly tense relationship with Congressional Republicans, some might be surprised to know Holder actually was nominated by President Reagan in 1988 to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
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