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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Scott Statement on Attorney General Eric Holder

September 25, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that he will resign from the Department of Justice upon the confirmation of his successor:

“Attorney General Holder has diligently served as our nation’s top law enforcement official for the last six years.  During his tenure, I have enjoyed working with him on efforts to reform our nation’s sentencing laws, protect voting rights, and guarantee the civil rights of all Americans.  His leadership was instrumental in passage of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which I sponsored in the House.  After last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder, which gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, he doubled efforts at the Justice Department to combat voter suppression using every legal tool available.  And most recently, he has worked to restore trust between minority communities and local law enforcement after the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. These are just a few examples of Attorney General Holder’s dedication over his long career in public service.

“I hope and expect that whoever is nominated and confirmed to replace him will continue his work on these issues.  I wish Attorney General Holder and his wife the best of luck as they transition to a new chapter in their lives.” 

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