US Department of Justice: Eric Holder (Attorney General)
After six years as the first black US Attorney General, Eric Holder steps down with the fourth longest tenure in history. Holder worked at the Justice Department for 26 years, serving in the Public Integrity Section, as Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Colombia, Attorney for the District Colombia, and Deputy Attorney General. One of his biggest accomplishments has been the 10% reduction in crime rates and incarceration nationwide. In addition, Holder advanced his support of equal marriage rights and kept minority issues in the national conversation. It has not been without controversy. In 2012, he became the first Attorney General to be held in both criminal and civil contempt by the House of Representatives. Also, national security leaks and attempts to try terrorism suspects in federal court have made it a tumultuous time. President Obama loses a strong ally for his last two years against two opposing houses. Appointing his next comrade may be a difficult task as any nomination made by Obama could face staunch opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress.