Eric Holder is going to resign. NPR is reporting that the nation’s first black attorney general will quit his job at the Justice Department on September 25.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. He Said in February 2014 ‘I’m Going to Be Here for a While’
In February 2014, Holder told the New Yorker magazine “I’m going to be here for a while…I think I’ve said, ‘well into 2014.'”
2. He’s the 4th Longest Serving AG
Holder is one of Obama’s most trusted lieutenants and is the fourth longest attorney general in American history. The longest tenure belonged to William Wirt, who served between 1817 and 1829 under presidents James Monroe and John Quincy Adams.
3. Holder Will Be Remembered for Calling Americans a ‘Nation of Cowards’
Holder was known as a political firebrand whose star appeared to fade as the Obama administration went on. Famously in 2009, during Black History Month, he called America a “nation of cowards” when it came to racial discussions.
4. Holder’s Last Few Months Were Spent Primarily on the Michael Brown Shooting
In an appearance at NYU, just a day before his resignation, Holder spoke to students about the nation’s “critical opportunity” to change policing. This speech came in the wake of Holder’s involvement in the Michael Brown shooting.
5. He’s Married With 3 Kids
Holder is married to Dr. Sharon Malone, the couple have three children, Maya, Brook and Eric.