'It's About Time': Lynch Becomes Attorney General Become 1st black woman in role By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Apr 27, 2015 10:54 AM CDT 85 comments Comments In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill. Lynch was sworn in today. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (Newser) – Loretta Lynch has been sworn in as the nation's 83rd attorney general, the first African-American women to serve in the role. She was sworn in today at a Justice Department ceremony, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding. "Ladies and gentlemen, it's about time," said Biden, per CNN. Lynch replaces Eric Holder, who left the job Friday after six years as attorney general. The 55-year-old Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday following a months-long delay after her nomination got caught up in a dispute over human trafficking legislation.