Eric H. Holder

Eric H. Holder Jr.
Firm: U.S. Department of Justice
Address: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Phone: (202) 514-2000
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Eric H. Holder Jr. was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009 by Vice-President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Holder on December 1, 2008.

In 1997, Mr. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the first African-American named to that post. Prior to that he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Holder, a native of New York City, attended public schools there, graduating from Stuyvesant High School where he earned a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College, majored in American History, and graduated in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976.

While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state and federal levels.

Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington.

Mr. Holder lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a physician, and their three children.

Current Employment Position(s):
Attorney General of the United States

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1977
District of Columbia, 1980
Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1976
Honors: Law Clerk, N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund
Honors: Law Clerk, Department of Justice's Criminal Division

Columbia College, New York, New York, 1973
Major: American History

Stuyvesant High School

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Meyer Foundation, Board of Directors

See Forever Foundation, Board of Directors

I Am Your Child Foundation, Board of Directors

Concerned Black Men

Past Employment Positions:
Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section

Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Associate Judge

United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

United States Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General

Covington & Burling LLP, Litigation Partner

Birth Information:
1951, New York, New York, United States of America

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