Name: Eric H. Holder, JD Title: Attorney General of the United States Position: Pro to the question "Should felons who have completed their sentence (incarceration, probation, and parole) be allowed to vote?" Reasoning: "In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore – it is also too unjust to tolerate... Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans – 5.8 million of our fellow citizens – are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions. That’s more than the individual populations of 31 U.S. states. And although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable... ...It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values. These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed. And so today, I call upon state leaders and other elected officials across the country to pass clear and consistent reforms to restore the voting rights of all who have served their terms in prison or jail, completed their parole or probation, and paid their fines." "Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks on Criminal Justice Reform at Georgetown University Law Center," www.justice.gov, Feb. 11, 2014 Theoretical Expertise Ranking: Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Secretaries of States, members of state and federal legislative bodies, Executive Branch officials with significant involvement in felon voting issues, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in felon voting issues.[Note: Experts definition varies by site.] Involvement and Affiliations: 82nd Attorney General of the United States, nominated by 44th US President Barack Obama, Feb. 3, 2009-present Trustee, Columbia University Litigation partner, Covington & Burling LLP, 2001-2009 Recipient, "The Most 50 Influential Minority Lawyers in America," National Law Journal, 2008 Senior legal adviser, Obama campaign, 2007-2008 Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2007 Deputy Attorney General, nominated by 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 1997-2001 US Attorney, District of Columbia, nominated by 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 1993-1997 Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, nominated by 40th US President Ronald Reagan, 1988-1992 Prosecutor, Department of Justice, Attorney General's Honors Program, Public Integrity Section, 1976 Former Trustee, Common Good Former Board Member, American Constitution Society Former Clerk, N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund Education: JD, Columbia Law School, 1976 BA, American History, Columbia University, 1973 Contact Info: Phone: 202-353-1555 Fax: None found Email: [email protected] Website: Department of Justice biography page Select Publications: "The Importance of Diversity in the Legal Profession," Cardozo Law Review, Aug. 2002 Other: Born in New York City (Bronx borough), Jan. 21, 1951 Married to Dr. Sharon Malone Has three children Quoted in: 1. Should felons who have completed their sentence (incarceration, probation, and parole) be allowed to vote? 2. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination? 3. Should Felons Automatically Regain the Vote after Their Full Sentence (Including Probation/Parole) Is Served?