Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed on Wednesday as the next Attorney General in a 52-47 vote by the Senate.
Sessions faced criticism in his confirmation hearings over alleged racism and his calls to jail former candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with many Democrats speaking out in opposition to his nomination.
Tensions over his nomination boiled over on Tuesday as Senator Elizabeth Warren, reading aloud a 30 year-old letter by the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. about Session’s racism, was ordered to stop speaking by the Republican-controlled Senate.
His nomination also comes soon after Trump dismissed the acting Attorney General for refusing to comply with his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
Sessions was a strong supporter of President Donald Trump during the campaign, featuring in some of his rallies as one of the few establishment figures supporting his efforts.
Sessions will now assume power as the head of the Justice Department.