Eric Holder Appoints Openly Gay Man to Head Department of Justice’s Civil Division

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he has named openly gay Benjamin C. Mizer as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Mizer replaced Joyce R.Branda, who will return to her permanent role as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch.  Mizer and Branda assumed their positions today. Prior to this appointment, Mizer served as a senior advisor to Attorney General Holder on matters related to constitutional law, national security, civil rights, civil litigation, antitrust law, and the Supreme Court.

Find out what Holder had to say about Mizer after the jump…

“Ben Mizer’s unassailable integrity, sound judgment and steadfast commitment to the mission of this department are just a few of the reasons he’s been chosen to serve as the new Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division – a critical and demanding post, and one in which he will undoubtedly thrive,” said Attorney General Holder  “Ben’s work here in Washington and as Solicitor General for the state of Ohio has put him in some of the most challenging and demanding positions a lawyer can encounter.  But in every instance, Ben has repeatedly demonstrated that he is both a gifted lawyer and a capable leader.  I am confident that his stewardship of the Civil Division will build on the exceptional record he has already established – and reflect the high ideals that have animated him from the very beginning of his career.  I congratulate Ben once again on his new role, and I look forward to all that he will achieve as he works to move this department, and this nation, toward an even brighter future.”

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