Attorney General Eric Holder will resign from the Obama administration according to several news reports, after withstanding several scandals and calls for his resignation.
An Obama veteran, Holder is the fourth-longest serving attorney general in United States History and one of the few original cabinet members of Obama’s ‘team of rivals’ lauded by the media. He is expected to resign after a new Attorney General is confirmed.
Holder is in his sixth year serving as Attorney General, the first African-American in that position.
Former President Bill Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Reno had the second longest career with a term of seven years and 10 months.
If Holder remains in office until December, he will step down as the third longest serving Attorney General beating Homer Cummings, who served under President Franklin Roosevelt for five years and nine months as Attorney General.
By resigning now, Holder’s successor has a better chance of getting confirmed while Democrats still have the majority in the Senate.
Holder is close to Obama, maintaining a friendly relationship with the president which raised his profile in the Obama administration. He and his wife also vacationed with the Obama family on Martha’s Vineyard in August.