Outgoing Senator Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) is a prominent candidate for Attorney General in the Biden administration, Politico reports. Jones, who was defeated on Tuesday, is a former U.S. Attorney in Alabama with credibility when it comes to civil rights: He led the successful prosecutions of two Ku Klux Klan members involved in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, nearly 40 years later. Jones worked in Joe Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1988. Allies of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez are floating his name for AG. He served as assistant attorney general for civil rights in President Barack Obama’s administration before Obama appointed him as Labor Secretary. Yet he might have trouble being confirmed by the Senate. No Republicans voted to confirm him as Labor Secretary in 2013, and it’s unlikely that his years leading the DNC have endeared him to the GOP.
Another name mentioned is Sally Yates, a former deputy attorney general in the Obama administration, who became a progressive cause célèbre when President Donald Trump fired her for refusing to defend his executive order barring entry to people several Muslim countries. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is another potential candidate, although he’s also been mentioned as a possible Homeland Security secretary. California Gov. Gavin Newsom might also tap Becerra, a former congressman, to fill the Senate seat that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will vacate in January. Becerra previously succeeded Harris as California attorney general in 2017 after Harris’ election to the Senate.