Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday applauded the confirmation of Stuart F. Delery, an openly gay man, as the Department of Justice's assistant attorney general for the Civil Division.

Delery was confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of a package of confirmations that included four openly gay ambassadors.

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“I am pleased to congratulate Stuart Delery on his confirmation as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, an office he has held in an acting capacity for more than a year,” Holder said in a written statement. “During that time, and throughout his service at the Department – including his tenure as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General and Senior Counselor in my office – Stuart has exemplified the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. He has provided strong and steady leadership in our efforts to advance equality, opportunity and justice. And I look forward to continuing to work with him as we continue the Division's critical work on behalf of the American people.”

According to a Justice Department bio, Delery graduated from Yale Law School and the University of Virginia. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Byron R. White and for Chief Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.