Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Feb 26, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) urged Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA) to support the United States Senate’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General. He sent a letter of support to each Senator. If confirmed, Ms. Lynch would replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

“I strongly believe that Ms. Lynch has the qualifications, skills, and temperament to lead the U.S. Department of Justice. Her humble upbringing, strong academic credentials, outstanding record both as a litigator and as the twice-appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York make her uniquely qualified to serve as the nation’s top law enforcement officer,” wrote Congressman Bishop.

United States Attorney Loretta Lynch has led the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) twice; from 1999 to 2001 and from 2010 to the present. In that capacity, she has been responsible for overseeing all federal and civil investigations and cases in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. She is the Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) for United States Attorneys. U.S. Attorney Lynch manages over 160 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 120 support staff in fighting against terrorism, public corruption, and community violence in some of the nation’s toughest neighborhoods.

Under U.S. Attorney Lynch’s leadership, the EDNY has developed a national security practice that has tried more terrorism cases since 9/11 than any other office in the country, prosecuted groundbreaking cyber and international organized crime cases, built an MS-13 anti-gang program that is a national model, crafted institutional change in the construction industry in New York, championed victims of human trafficking, defended the government in litigation, and protected the environment.

In United States v. Medunjanin, et al., the EDNY and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) foiled a coordinated suicide bombings in the New York City subway system. Under Loretta Lynch’s leadership, Al Qaeda operative Adis Medunjanin was convicted at trial for his role in the plot and sentenced to life imprisonment. In United States v. Lajud, et al., working with the Secret Service, EDNY prosecutors solved two cyber-heists involving $45 million in fraudulent ATM withdrawals in 26 countries, which used sophisticated intrusion techniques to hack into the systems of global financial institutions, steal prepaid debit card data, and eliminate withdrawal limits.

United States Attorney Loretta Lynch is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and was a partner at the New York office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.

To view a scan of the letters to Senators Isakson and Perdue, please click here.