Kristen Clarke, first Black woman to lead DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, sworn in

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Kristen Clarke was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris Tuesday evening after the Senate confirmed her to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She is the first Black woman to assume the role.

The vote was 51 to 48, with Maine Republican Susan Collins joining Democrats. Biden nominated her in January, but Republicans spent months trying to block her confirmation. Clarke is the former head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a prominent voting rights advocate.

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