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Eric Holder

Eric Holder
Personal data
Date of birthJanuary 21, 1951(age 66)
Place of birthBronx, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
SpouseSharon Malone
Alma materColumbia University (A.B.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
ProfessionAttorney at Law
82nd United States Attorney General
Assumed officeFebruary 3, 2009
PresidentBarack Obama
DeputyDavid Ogden
James Cole
Preceded byMichael Mukasey
Deputy Attorney General of the United States
In officeJune 13, 1997 - January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Succeeded byLarry Thompson
Preceded byJamie Gorelick
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
In officeOctober 1993 - June 13, 1997
Nominated byBill Clinton
Preceded byJ. Ramsey Johnson
Associate Judge on Superior Court of the District of Columbia
In officeOctober 1988 - October 1993
Nominated byRonald Reagan

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Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first African American to hold the position, serving under President Barack Obama.

Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a United States Attorney. In that office he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama during Obama's presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama's vice-presidential selection committee.

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