Eric Holder
Official Biography


Photo of Eric Holder Eric H. Holder, Jr. was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United
States on February 3, 2009 by Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced
his intention to nominate Mr. Holder on December 1, 2008.

In 1997, Mr. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the
first African-American named to that post. Prior to that he served as U.S. Attorney for the
District of Columbia. In 1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an
Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holder, a native of New York City, attended public schools there, graduating from
Stuyvesant High School where he earned a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College,
majored in American History, and graduated in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School
in 1976.

While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of
Justice's Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the
Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. He was assigned to
the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute
official corruption on the local, state and federal levels.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling
LLP in Washington.

Mr. Holder lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a physician, and their three
children


Source:  
http://www.justice.gov/ag/meet-attorney-general-0; Retrieved: September 9, 2014
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