Eastern District U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch has been named chair of a committee advising the U.S. Attorney General on issues affecting the nation’s federal prosecutors’ offices. Lynch was tapped as chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys while Sally Quillian Yates, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, was named vice chair, the U.S. Justice Department announced yesterday. Their appointments became effective Jan. 1.

The committee, created in 1973, advises the attorney general on policy, management and operations issues affecting the offices of the U.S. attorneys. Lynch was first appointed to the committee in 2010 and has served as vice chair since 2011. She replaces Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, who held the chair position for the past two years.

“I’m confident that U.S. Attorneys Lynch and Yates have the expertise and dedication to lead this critical group in a challenging time, as we work to fulfill the department’s commitment to protecting the American people. I’m deeply grateful for their service and leadership, and look forward to continuing to work closely with all 94 of our United States Attorneys,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.