Last updated on: 10/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Eric H. Holder, Jr., JD Biography

Title:
Attorney General of the United States
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

Reporter: “Right after the inauguration there were some raids in California on medical marijuana dispenseries. Was that a deliberate decision by the Justice Department? Is that a prediction of policy going forward--do you expect those sorts of raids to continue?”

Holder: “No. What the President said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know will be consisent with what we’ll be doing here in law enforcement. He was my boss during the campaign, he is formally and technically and by law my boss now. So what he said during the campaign is now American policy.”

Press conference aired on C-SPAN, Feb. 25, 2009

[Editor’s note: ProCon.org was unable to find his pro or con position on medical marijuana as of Oct. 30, 2009.]

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 82nd Attorney General of the United States, nominated by 44th US President Barack Obama, Feb. 3, 2009-present
  • Trustee, Columbia University
  • Litigation partner, Covington & Burling LLP, 2001-2009
  • Recipient, “The Most 50 Influential Minority Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal, 2008
  • Senior legal adviser, Obama campaign, 2007-2008
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2007
  • Deputy Attorney General, nominated by 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 1997-2001
  • US Attorney, District of Columbia, nominated by 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 1993-1997
  • Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, nominated by 40th US President Ronald Reagan, 1988-1992
  • Prosecutor, Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program, Public Integrity Section, 1976
  • Former Trustee, Common Good
  • Former Board Member, American Constitution Society
Education:
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 1976
  • BA, American History, Columbia University, 1973
Other:
  • None found