The United States Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rachael S. Rollins as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
Rollins was the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts and she becomes the first Black woman to serve as U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.
“I am truly humbled by today’s confirmation and deeply honored to have the support and confidence of President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Senate Judiciary Chair Durbin, and my Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. I have dedicated much of my career to public service and as I prepare to assume the role of Massachusetts’s chief federal law enforcement officer, I look forward to continuing to serve this great nation. Leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office is a profound honor, and I pledge to serve with continued zeal and passion for justice,” said Ms. Rollins in response to her confirmation.
“Being the DA has been the highlight of my professional career. I am profoundly grateful to the people of Suffolk County. They put their faith in me and I have worked hard every day to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities most impacted by violence and harm. I am proud that Boston remains one of the only major cities in the United States where violent crime, including homicides, is down. As United States Attorney, I will continue to work with my law enforcement and community partners to ensure this trend continues and expands across all of Massachusetts.”
Rollins was nominated by the White House in July, but the process was deadlocked in the Judiciary Committee. Several Republicans tried to block her nomination vote, calling Rollins’ views radical.
Republicans all voted against Rollins on Wednesday, and Vice President Kamala Harris was needed to break two votes that were tied 50-50 along party lines.
“We were glad to recommend District Attorney Rachael Rollins to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, and today we are delighted that the Senate has voted to confirm her to the role,” U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey said in a joint statement.
“D.A. Rollins has devoted her career to transforming the criminal justice system so that it actually reduces crime and provides equal justice for all. In this new role, we have every confidence that she will continue her partnerships with law enforcement, community advocates and other key members of the legal community to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of the people of the commonwealth, and we look forward to the renewed energy and innovative vision she will bring to the U.S. Attorney’s office.”