Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.01.17 PMOn Thursday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced his resignation from his position.

Holder, who was the nation’s first African-American to serve as attorney general, will remain in office until his replacement is nominated and confirmed.

According to White House officials, “Attorney General Holder has discussed his plans personally with the president on multiple occasions in recent months, and finalized those plans in an hour-long conversation with the president at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend.”

At a formal announcement scheduled for later today, Holder will express his personal gratitude for the opportunity to serve alongside President Barack Obama and lead the Department of Justice calling it the “greatest honor of my professional life.”

In addition, Holder “will note his love for the Justice Department since, when he was a boy, he watched how, under Attorney General Kennedy, the Department played a leadership role in advancing the civil rights movement,” officials stated.

Holder has been one of the most prominent liberal voices for the Obama administration, particularly Obama’s second term. He was the nation’s 82nd attorney general.

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