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From: Terry Frieden/CNN
In: Washington
Posted 9-5-97

Subject: Holder Installed As Deputy Attorney General; Highest-ranking African American Ever At Justice

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Sep. 5) -- Janet Reno's new deputy attorney general, Eric Holder, was publicly installed today, becoming the highest-ranking African American in the Justice Department's long history.

Holder, 46, took the oath of office at an installation ceremony in the Justice Department's historic Great Hall. Reno and Labor Secretary Alexis Herman presided at the event.

Holder was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July, and was privately sworn in the following day.

Holder replaces Jamie Gorelick, who was widely credited with running effectively the day-to-day operations of the 100,000-member Justice Department. The department oversees all U.S. Attorney offices, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Bureau of Prisons and the Marshal's Service.

Gorelick resigned after the Clinton White House did not select her for one of several rumored cabinet-level poisitions.

Holder came to prominence as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. The New York City native and Columbia Law School graduate is a strong proponent of tough law enforcement in the crime-plagued capital city.

Holder often was publicly at odds with Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry. He has been frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for mayor of the nation's capital, but denies any interest in elective office.

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