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Washington, D.C. — In response to today’s historic Senate vote finalizing the confirmation of Kristen Clarke, the first woman and the first Black woman to serve as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, and last month’s confirmation of Vanita Gupta, the first woman of color to serve as Associate Attorney General, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Voting Rights Program Director Justin Kwasa:
“History has been made today and the United States is in exceptional hands with two phenomenal women of color and civil rights champions in key leadership positions at the Department of Justice. LCV congratulates Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke on their respective confirmations to Associate Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. The need for robust enforcement of our environmental and civil rights laws — including voting rights and environmental justice — could not be more urgent. Gupta and Clarke’s leadership at premiere civil rights organizations have made them more than qualified for the positions they will undertake. We look forward to seeing Gupta, Clarke and Attorney General Garland continue to restore independence and integrity to the Justice Department following four long years of corruption.
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