Eric Holder, the 82nd attorney general and the first African-American to serve in that position, has revealed that he is resigned today, September 25.
However, he has no plans to abandon ship without a successor being named in his stead. According to The New York Times, a senior White House official revealed President Obama’s choosing of a replacement wasn’t a top priority, saying it was “a long way” off.
Holder has been active in politics for several decades since President Clinton appointed him to Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno in 1997. The distinction also made him the first African-American to hold the position. Holder has served as the current attorney general since 2008 during President Obama’s first term.
Even with his imminent retirement, Mr. Holder will most likely remain active on the scene. He was the Obama administration’s emissary during the civil unrest in Ferguson following the Mike Brown shooting.
Although there are no immediate plans to name a successor, the Times has found there have been plenty of names floating around for the job. They include Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick, Brooklyn attorney Loretta E. Lynch, Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, former Governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).