05.13.15

Senators Isakson, Perdue Vote For Sally Yates For Deputy Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today voted in support of Sally Yates as Deputy Attorney General of the United States. The Senate confirmed Yates as the number-two Justice Department official by a vote of 84-12.

Yates was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 2010 to 2015, and served as a prosecutor in that district for 25 years. Yates was also the first woman to serve as the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta. She was named Acting Deputy Attorney General on January 10, 2015.

“Sally Quillian Yates is a great human being that I have known for almost 40 years,” Senator Isakson said during remarks on the Senate floor. “For 25 years, she has been the lead prosecutor in the northern district of Georgia. She has been an equal opportunity prosecutor – she’s prosecuted Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Olympic park bombers, or anybody that violated the public trust or abused power. She is fair; she is smart; she is intelligent; and as a Georgia Bulldog, she’s what we call a double-dawg. She has her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Georgia, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia law school. Sally Quillian Yates is a great Georgian and will be a great Deputy U.S. Attorney General of the United States of America.”

“Sally Yates’ service to both to Georgians and the Justice Department has shown that she is capable of restoring an objective approach to law enforcement,” said Senator Perdue. “As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have carefully reviewed Ms. Yates’ record and testimony, and I am confident that she will bring an objective, apolitical approach to a Department that sorely needs it.”