The 86th Attorney General of the United States
Merrick Brian Garland, a distinguished jurist and legal scholar, currently serves as the Attorney General of the United States. His appointment to this crucial position was made by President Joe Biden in March 2021, marking a significant step in the Biden administration’s efforts to shape the nation’s legal landscape. Merrick Garland brings a wealth of experience, a commitment to justice, and a reputation for impartiality to his role as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
A Stellar Legal Career
Merrick Garland’s legal career is nothing short of exemplary. Born on November 13, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois, he pursued his passion for law at Harvard University, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1977. After a brief stint in private practice, Garland entered the public service arena, where he has left an indelible mark.
One of his most notable roles before becoming Attorney General was serving as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated to the D.C. Circuit by President Bill Clinton in 1997, Garland was confirmed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority and served with distinction until his appointment as Attorney General. His time on the D.C. Circuit, often considered the second most influential court in the nation after the Supreme Court, earned him a reputation as a fair and impartial jurist.
A History of Unwavering Integrity
Merrick Garland’s dedication to justice and impartiality is well-documented. Perhaps his most celebrated moment came during his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Nominated by then-President Barack Obama to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, Garland faced an unprecedented refusal by the Senate to hold hearings or vote on his nomination. Despite the contentious political climate, Garland’s response was one of grace, respect for the Constitution, and a commitment to the rule of law.
In his acceptance of the nomination to the Supreme Court, Garland stated, “The rule of law is what sets us apart from our enemies. It is what defines us as a nation.” His unwavering commitment to the law, even in the face of a deeply divided political landscape, was emblematic of his character and principles.
Priorities as Attorney General
Since assuming the role of Attorney General, Merrick Garland has set forth an agenda focused on the preservation of the rule of law, civil rights, and justice reform. He has taken an active role in addressing critical issues such as voting rights, domestic terrorism, and immigration policy, with a strong emphasis on equity and justice for all Americans.
One of his key priorities is addressing the rise of domestic extremism and terrorism. In his confirmation hearings, Garland pledged to make the fight against domestic terrorism a top priority, emphasizing the need for a whole-of-society approach to address this growing threat to the nation.
Merrick Garland’s tenure as the 86th Attorney General of the United States represents a commitment to the highest principles of justice, integrity, and the rule of law. His career has been marked by a dedication to public service and an unwavering commitment to the legal principles that underpin the American justice system. As Attorney General, Merrick Garland continues to uphold these values while addressing the pressing legal issues of our time, making a lasting impact on the nation’s legal landscape.