Loretta Lynch Confirmed by Senate (Updated) (Video)
Updated 2:29 p.m. | Get ready to start calling her “Attorney General Loretta Lynch.” The Senate voted to confirm the first African-American woman attorney general Thursday afternoon, but the scars from the long, tortured confirmation process will linger far longer. The Senate voted 56-43 to confirm the nomination Thursday afternoon, a couple of hours after voting 66-34 to end a filibuster.
The only senator not to vote was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Ten Republicans voted to confirm her nomination, including Republicans facing voters in blue states in 2016: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio.
Notably Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, one of the more vulnerable Republicans, voted to filibuster her.
He earlier sent out a fundraising email highlighting his opposition.
“Due to concerns about whether she would uphold the rule of law and defend the Constitution in the face of President Obama’s executive actions, she will not be receiving my support. …If you stand with me in opposition to her nomination, click here to chip-in $15, $25, or even $50 right now and help us make it clear to President Obama: we stand against your AG nominee!”
Other Republicans voting to confirm Lynch included Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.