WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch was sworn in as U.S. attorney general on Monday, becoming the first African-American woman to fill the position.
"It seems like such an understatement to say my heart is full, but it is," Lynch said. "I have to thank the president for his faith in me and asking me to lead the department that I love to even greater heights."
Lynch, who until now was U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was confirmed by the Senate last week after months of GOP delays. Many Republicans voted against her confirmation, not because she lacks the qualifications but because they are mad about President Barack Obama's recent executive action on immigration. Lynch will defend the action in her new role.