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Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on the Nomination of Markenzy Lapointe for U.S. Attorney in Florida

Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement regarding Markenzy Lapointe’s nomination to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida:

“Today, President Joe Biden nominated Markenzy Lapointe, longtime government lawyer and Miami-based litigator, to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Lapointe’s nomination is welcomed news as I’ve has long advocated for his appointment, sending multiple letters of support to President Biden immediately after the presidential election. Most recently, I penned an op-ed in the Miami Herald echoing my support for Mr. Lapointe. 

“After two years of interim leadership, this appointment will finally install a tenured and tried attorney to lead the agency with a clear vision. He is a home-grown, community-focused, and an experienced attorney. If confirmed, Mr. Lapointe’s appointment would make him the first Black person to serve as a U.S. Attorney for the state of Florida and he also breaks a second glass ceiling in becoming the first Haitian-American to become a U.S. Attorney. This is an important step toward repairing the trust between our criminal justice system and the community it serves. 

“I am confident that his commitment to upholding justice and unquestionable conviction will allow him to successfully shape critical judicial precedent in one of the most diverse regions in the nation, and I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination.”


Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a sixth-term lawmaker from Florida, representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a mentoring and dropout prevention program for boys and young men of color. Congresswoman Wilson also is the founder and chair of the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys and the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action to support Florida’s harbors and waterways. The Florida lawmaker sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; chairs the Education and Labor Committee’s Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee and serves on the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee.