Loretta Lynch to pledge fresh start with Congress
By Seung Min Kim
1/28/15 8:02 AM EST
Much of her opening remarks, which are Lynch’s first chance to publicly introduce herself to Congress, will take a personal tone. Lynch, the daughter of a Baptist minister and a retired English teacher, will talk about how her parents fought against
segregation and instilled in her the values of education, hard work and sacrifice.
Lynch will be accompanied by her husband, Stephen Hargrove, her father, Lorenzo, and her brother Leonzo. Her other brother, former Navy SEAL Lorenzo Lynch Jr., died in 2009, and the attorney general nominee will have his Navy SEAL trident with her on the witness table as she testifies before senators.
She will recall how in the early 1960s, her father would open up his Greensboro, North Carolina, church to civil rights activists and stand alongside them as he carried Lynch, as a little girl, on his shoulders.
“As I come before you today in this historic chamber, I still stand on my father’s shoulders, as well as on the shoulders of all those who have gone before me and who dreamed of making the promise of America a reality for all and worked to achieve that goal,” Lynch will tell senators. “I believe in the promise of America because I
have lived the promise of America.”