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Eric H. Holder, JD Biography

Former Attorney General of the United States
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore – it is also too unjust to tolerate…

Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans – 5.8 million of our fellow citizens – are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions. That’s more than the individual populations of 31 U.S. states. And although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable…

…It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values. These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed. And so today, I call upon state leaders and other elected officials across the country to pass clear and consistent reforms to restore the voting rights of all who have served their terms in prison or jail, completed their parole or probation, and paid their fines.”

“Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks on Criminal Justice Reform at Georgetown University Law Center,”, Feb. 11, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, 2015-present
  • 82nd Attorney General of the United States, nominated by 44th US President Barack Obama, Feb. 3, 2009-Apr. 2015
  • Trustee, Columbia University
  • Litigation partner, Covington & Burling LLP, 2001-2009
  • Recipient, “The Most 50 Influential Minority Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal, 2008
  • Senior legal adviser, Obama campaign, 2007-2008
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Deputy Attorney General, nominated by 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 1997-2001
  • US Attorney, District of Columbia, nominated by 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 1993-1997
  • Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, nominated by 40th US President Ronald Reagan, 1988-1992
  • Prosecutor, Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program, Public Integrity Section, 1976
  • Former Trustee, Common Good
  • Former Board Member, American Constitution Society
  • Former Clerk, N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 1976
  • BA, American History, Columbia University, 1973
  • Born in New York City (Bronx borough), Jan. 21, 1951
  • Married to Dr. Sharon Malone
  • Has three children
Quoted in:
  1. Are Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions a Form of Racial Discrimination?
  2. Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?
  3. Should People with Felony Convictions Automatically Regain the Right to Vote after Their Full Sentence Is Served?