The White House will announce a nominee in early to mid-November. The timetable would force the White House to push forward the nominee during the end of the congressional session — a time when Democrats will still retain control of the Senate, regardless of the midterm outcomes.
The White House has said it has not chosen a nominee. Possible contenders include Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.; Loretta E. Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York; and Kathryn Ruemmler, the former White House counsel.
Regardless of the timing of the confirmation, it is bound to be contentious. Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), have said senators should not be able to vote during the lame-duck session.
Holder announced his resignation Sept. 25 in an emotional news conference with Obama. Holder will remain in office until his successor is named.