Attorney General Eric Holder, a lightning rod of criticism from Republicans, is staying on in his job as President Barack Obama starts his second term.
A White House official said on Wednesday that Holder is among the Cabinet members who will remain in their position. He has been working on Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on finding ways to reduce gun violence after last month’s mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut.
It is rare for an attorney general to serve more than four years.
The country’s top law enforcement officer has been the target of fierce criticism from Republicans, who tried to oust him after a botched department operation called “Fast and Furious” that targeted gun trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border.