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Attorney general nominee Lynch has Durham roots

Posted January 28, 2015

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— President Barack Obama's choice for attorney general faced tough questions Wednesday as she began her U.S. Senate confirmation before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If she wins Senate approval, Loretta Lynch will become the first black woman to serve as attorney general.

But years before becoming a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, the 55-year-old was born and raised in North Carolina, where she has roots in Durham and going to school at Durham High School, now Durham School of the Arts.

"It sort of just makes it personal, like I have a connection to her," said Jack Leinbach, a student at the school.

Leinbach is also editor of the school's newspaper and recently published an article about Lynch.

According to Lynch's senior yearbook, she was very involved and a top scholar who graduated at the top of her class.

Sue Jarmon, a member of Lynch's former church, says Lynch left a lasting impression.

"Everyone knew she was a brilliant girl," Jarmon said. "Everybody knew she was going places."

But Jarmon says she never could have imagined that place would be on Capitol Hill before U.S. lawmakers.

She's watched Lynch's confirmation hearing from her desk at White Rock Baptist Church, where Lynch's father pastored.  

Jarmon says many of the congregation's older members who knew Lynch personally are also watching the hearing closely, hoping for a historic confirmation that will make them all proud.

"I can't believe it," Jarmon said. "It just seems so unreal."

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  • delilahk2000 Jan 29, 2015

    IN FRONT OF CONGRESS SHE HAS DONE NOTHING BUT SIDESTEP THE QUESTIONS.....THAT ALONE SHOULD NOT LET HER GO FORWARD......

  • delilahk2000 Jan 29, 2015

    I HOPE THE REP. DO NOT ALLOW HER TO BE THE NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL, SHE IS NOTHING MORE THAN ANOTHER OBAMA YES MAN......WE NEED SOMEONE THAT WILL KEEP OUR LAWS AND NO SIDE STEPPING THEM LIKE THE PRES. HAS........

  • peace2u Jan 29, 2015

    Congratulations to her! I'm sure it hasn't been easy.

  • Will Perry Jan 29, 2015
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    Favored1, anonymity makes some people brave and bold! Internet bullies!

  • LetsBeFair Jan 29, 2015

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    really? I'm not black ... I'm republican ... and hope she makes it through this confirmation. Moreover, she says she's her own person -- she'll hear it from many if she just follows the president around like his personal protector. She needs to work and uphold a fairly interpreted law. She knows this. We're all behind her, should she do the job well.

  • Favored1 Jan 29, 2015

    It amazes me how they sit back in the comforts of their homes and profess their ignorance and racism behind the safety of their computer. The only reason you don't won't her confirmed is because she's black....now take that!

  • Greg Boop Jan 29, 2015
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    Tracey Cline has Durham roots as well and we all know how well that worked out.

  • Jack Harris Jan 29, 2015
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    Is there any Truth to the rumor that she related to Holder by marriage to his wife's brother??

  • vadc4210 Jan 29, 2015

    just what this country needs. (sarcasm)
    i hope that the senate has the intestinal fortitude to block her confirmation.

  • un4given1 Jan 29, 2015

    I don't think her being from Durham is anything for her to boast about. Durham and Fayetteville are in the news everyday for violent crime. I can only assume she will do as well a job as Attorney general.

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