"On November 9, 2014, President Obama announced his intention to nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch to replace Eric H. Holder Jr. as Attorney General (AG). Holder reportedly plans to remain in the position until his successor is confirmed. Lynch's nomination was received in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee on November 13. [...] Presidents have nominated a total of 11 individuals, including Lynch, for the position of AG since the beginning of the Reagan Administration in 1981. Of the 10 nominees prior to Lynch, 9 were confirmed. The one exception was the nomination of Zoe Baird, which was received by the Senate on January 20, 1993. Baird's nomination was withdrawn by President Clinton after it became apparent her nomination would face opposition because she had hired an undocumented immigrant couple to serve as her family's nanny and driver. After two days of hearings on the nomination on January 19 and 21, 1993-the day before and the day after Clinton's inauguration-Baird asked the President to withdraw her nomination, saying that the controversy had damaged her ability to head the Justice Department. The President withdrew the nomination on January 26. [...] Table 1 presents information concerning the consideration of each Attorney General nomination since 1981, including the date the nomination was received in the Senate, the date(s) the Judiciary Committee held a hearing, the date the committee reported the nomination, the date of final dispositive action by the full Senate, and the total number of days that passed from when the nomination was received until its final disposition."
CRS Insight, IN10192
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