Greg Davis was officially sworn in to the post of United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Thursday.
Davis describes his reaction to holding the post in just three words, "blessed, honored and humbled".
The investiture ceremony was a celebration of firsts. Davis is the first African-American to hold the office. He was joined by another first, the first African-American U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder praised Davis for the work that he was already done while at the post. Davis was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2011. He entered duty in April 2012.
"You're working harder than ever to combat hate crimes, civil rights violations and other threats to equal rights and equal opportunity," said Holder.
Holder says he looks forward to partnering with Davis in the fight for justice.
"I'm encouraged by the resolve that Greg and his colleagues have shown in confronting these and many other challenges. I'm confident in the leadership that Greg is providing to ensure that this office can be both aggressive and fair, fair in its vigorous enforcement of federal laws," explained Holder.
So what is on the top of Davis' to-do list?
"Certainly our priorities are always that the communities are safe, whether it be drug trafficking, protection of young people and protection of seniors. Also, we're looking into cases involving identity theft and civil rights violations," said Davis.
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