Nominee for Associate Attorney General


Vanita Gupta has spent her entire career working for equal justice, fighting successfully for greater equity in our criminal legal system, and advancing the rights and dignity of every person in America. She is a proven creator of consensus who has built bridges between a wide range of people, interests, and ideologies. She has brought people together to develop meaningful solutions that make our communities safe — and has fought to protect the civil rights of everyone living within our borders.

Vanita Gupta would be a fierce champion for justice and can bring independence and integrity back to the department. As the first woman of color in U.S. history to serve as Associate Attorney General and the first civil rights lawyer to serve in one of the top three positions at the Justice Department, Vanita Gupta will bring a fresh perspective, empathy, and a strong commitment to making our laws better serve all communities.

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), leading civil rights and law enforcement organizations, and conservative leaders held a press call urging the Senate to confirm Vanita Gupta. Learn more about that call and watch a replay here.


Vanita Gupta has spent her entire career working for equal justice, fighting successfully for greater equity in our criminal legal system, and advancing the rights and dignity of every person in America.


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and over 100 other organizations

46 local, state, and national Jewish organizations

76 former United States Attorneys

AAPI organizations


Alliance for Justice 

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Anti-Defamation League

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

Bipartisan former federal legal officials (prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement)

Catholic organizations

Communications Workers of America

Constitutional Accountability Center

Crime victim/survivors, advocates, and justice professionals

David J. Mahoney, President Of National Sheriffs’ Association

Disability and aging rights organizations

End Citizens United / Let America Vote Action Fund

Environmental community

Everytown for Gun Safety

Faith community

Faith leaders

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

Former State Attorneys General

Fraternal Order of Police

Futures Without Violence

Gender justice; reproductive health, rights, and justice; and antiviolence organizations

Group of Latter-day Saints

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association

International Association of Chiefs of Police

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Justice Action Network

Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush 

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 

Lawyers for Good Government 

Major Cities Chiefs Association

Major County Sheriffs of America

Marc Levin and other bipartisan leaders in the movement to reform the criminal justice system

Mark Holden, former general counsel and senior vice president of Koch Industries

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush

Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chairman, and former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (R)

Military Families Speak Out 

Modern Military Association of America


National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Council of Jewish Women

National Education Association

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

National Sheriffs’ Association

National, state, and local LGBTQ organizations

National Women’s Law Center 

People For the American Way

Police Chiefs And Sheriffs

Police Executive Research Forum

Progressive prosecutors

REFORM Alliance

Reporters or advisers on the American Law Institute’s project, Principles of the Law: Policing

Sheriff Tony Thompson, President of the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association

Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund and forty-one organizations

Texans and individuals familiar with the Tulia, Texas case

Tom Coleman, former Republican Member of Congress (Mo.-6)

Trevor Potter, president and founder, Campaign Legal Center; former Republican Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission

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