Historic Day, Historic Nominee: Kristen Clarke Becomes the First Woman Confirmed to Lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice 

Outgoing Leader of the National Lawyers’ Committee Was Confirmed by a Bipartisan Majority of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday 

In a historic vote that shattered another glass ceiling and swept in a new era of civil rights priorities at the highest levels of the federal government, the U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday afternoon to confirm Kristen Clarke as the assistant attorney general for civil rights. Clarke is the first woman confirmed to lead the division and first Black woman to ever lead the division in any capacity. 

“With today’s confirmation of Kristen Clarke as assistant attorney general for civil rights, civil rights enforcement will once again be a top priority for the Department of Justice. All people nationwide can be confident that we now have a civil


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