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Senate confirms Kristen Clarke to helm Justice Department's civil rights division

Clarke is the first black woman to serve in the role.

Updated: May 25, 2021 - 9:11pm

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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Kristen Clarke to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division, making her the first black woman to hold the post.

The close 51-48 vote was almost completely along party lines with the single exception of Sen. Susan Collins who was the only GOP member to vote in favor of confirmation.

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