The nomination was announced during a White House ceremony Saturday.
President Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.
“I couldn’t be more proud to nominate Loretta Lynch as our next attorney general,” Obama said during a brief White House ceremony Saturday reports, Fox News.
Lynch, 55, would be the first African American woman to serve as attorney general. She would succeed Attorney General Eric Holder who was the first African American head of the Justice Department
“It’s pretty hard to be more qualified for the job than Loretta,” Obama said.
Lynch is a Harvard Law School graduate who is currently serving her second term as the U.S. attorney for eastern New York.
“I will wake up every morning with the protection of the American people my first thought,” said Lynch, who must be confirmed by the Senate to get the job.
The White House has urged Senate officials to determine the timeline for her confirmation as soon as possible.