Congresswoman Wilson's Statement on Markenzy Lapointe's Senate Confirmation for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Markenzy Lapointe, longtime government lawyer and Miami-based litigator, to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement regarding Lapointe’s Senate confirmation:
“Markenzy Lapointe represents the American Dream! After more than two years of relentless advocacy and pushing for the confirmation of Markenzy Lapointe as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, I am overjoyed the Senate has confirmed his nomination.
“As a former U.S. Marine, ex-federal prosecutor, and product of Miami-Dade, Markenzy Lapointe shares a unique perspective on the issues plaguing our communities and brings a clear vision along with a wealth of experience to lead this critical office. Confirmed to serve as the first Haitian American U.S. Attorney, Mr. Lapointe is shattering glass ceilings.
“I am confident in his ability to uphold the rule of law and dedication to fighting for a more equitable criminal justice system. I know his extensive experience, unquestionable conviction, and home-grown commitment to our diverse community will guide his success as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
“With this appointment, I am proud to see that the office of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida will finally seat a trusted and seasoned litigator to take the helm in one of the nation’s most diverse regions.”
Background: Congresswoman Wilson was the first member of Congress to be a strong and vocal supporter of MarkenzyLapointe. Since the Presidential election, Congresswoman Wilson has been a leading advocate for Lapointe’s nomination, penning numerous letters of support to then of President-elect Joe Biden and his senior advisors. Most recently, she published an op-ed in the Miami Herald echoing her support for Lapointe and making a case for his appointment.