The US Senate has voted 54-45 confirming President Donald Trump’s attorney general top pick William Barr to serve in the role for a second term.
The voting turnout, recorded that nearly every Republican and three Democrats voted to confirm Barr, who will head the politically independent US Justice Department.
As the nation’s top law official, Barr will oversee the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
Democrats were angered by his previous criticism of the Russia inquiry.
The incoming attorney general, 68, previously held the attorney general title from 1991 to 1993 under Republican President George H W Bush.
Barr was a proponent of mass incarceration and similar tough-on-crime policies.
The well-known conservative lawyer had been working at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Washington DC prior to his nomination.
He has also held posts at Verizon Communications, the CIA and in former President Ronald Reagan’s White House.