WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met virtually with Judge Merrick Garland, who has been nominated to serve as Attorney General.

“Today I had the honor of meeting virtually with Judge Merrick Garland, who has been nominated to serve as Attorney General. In my meeting with Judge Garland, we discussed some of the most pressing challenges facing the Justice Department and the safety and security of the American people, including the rising threat of white supremacist domestic terrorism and what needs to be done to combat it. We also discussed what steps the Department can take to reform policing practices, fix our broken criminal justice system, and reinvigorate voting rights enforcement. I am confident that as Attorney General, Judge Garland will bring a commitment to restoring the independence and integrity to the office and re-centering justice as its mission. I look forward to working with him and the Biden Administration to strengthen, diversify, and restore the Justice Department and reform our criminal justice system.”

Judge Merrick Garland currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, where he was also Chief Judge for seven years. He also served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. A veteran of the Department of Justice, Judge Garland served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General. During his time at the Department, Judge Garland supervised some of the most high-profile cases in modern history, including the “Unabomber” and Oklahoma City bombing prosecutions.

A fair-minded and independent jurist, Judge Garland was confirmed to serve on the D.C. Circuit in 1997 and has spent more than 23 years pursuing our nation’s ideal of equal justice under law. He is a dedicated and consensus-building public servant who represented underserved Americans pro bono at the outset of his legal career following a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Judge Garland was also a career federal prosecutor at the Justice Department during the George H.W. Bush Administration, investigating and trying cases involving public corruption, drug trafficking, and fraud.

After winning scholarships to attend Harvard University, he graduated summa cum laude, and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review.

Senator Booker has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee since 2018. He has been a leader in the Senate on criminal justice and policing reform. Since his election to the Senate in 2013, Booker has introduced numerous criminal justice reform proposals, including: the Marijuana Justice Act, the Fair Chance Act, the CARERS Act, the MERCY Act, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, the Second Look Act, and most recently the Justice in Policing Act.

He was also a key architect of the most sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system in decades, the First Step Act, which was signed into law in 2018.