Attorney General Eric Holder will step down as soon as President Obama can name a successor the post, NPR reported this morning. That could be as late as next year.
Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.
According to NPR, a leading candidate to fill the post is Solicitor General Don Verrilli, the administration’s top representative to the Supreme Court.