Senate Panel OKs Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

Loretta Lynch is one step closer to becoming the first African American woman U.S. attorney general after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve her for the seat.

In a 12-to-8 vote, all 9 Democrats confirmed Lynch’s nomination, while only 3 of the 11 Republicans followed suit.

President Obama appointed Lynch back in November, but her hearing had been in limbo for 110 days, the longest any nominee has had to wait in recent history.

Now that the committee is backing Lynch, she must face the full senate. A decision could come as early as next week.

Last September, current attorney general Eric Holder announced his resignation after six years in office. He will officially step down after his successor is confirmed.