Loretta E. Lynch was confirmed Thursday as the 83rd U.S. Attorney General.
Her confirmation means she will be the first black woman to take up the post.
The Senate voted 56 to 43, with 10 Republicans for her confirmation, according to The New York Times.
Ms Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who has served since the beginning of Mr Obama’s presidency.
She grew up in North Carolina. She most recently served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Congratulations, Loretta Lynch!