Published on: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly confirmed (98-2) President Joe Biden's nominee, Lisa Monaco, as deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at the Justice Department (article available here).

Monaco, 53, will oversee a vast portfolio encompassing criminal and national security investigations, as well as all U.S. Attorney's Offices across 94 districts. The deputy attorney general position is also instrumental in developing criminal justice policies, from sentencing to clemency.

She most recently worked with a law firm. Before that, she served a variety of roles in the Justice Department and White House. Monacoworked at the FBI advising its former director Robert Mueller and served as assistant attorney general in the National Security Division from 2011 to 2013 under President Barack Obama. She also worked as Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.