Yates’ tenure as acting AG is not expected to last very long. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Republican senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, is soon expected to obtain Senate approval.
President Barack Obama nominated Yates to be deputy attorney general in January 2015, and the Senate confirmed her five months later. When nominated, Yates was serving as U.S. Attorney in Atlanta.
Serving for 25 years as a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, Yates tried public corruption cases against the likes of former Democratic Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and former Republican Georgia schools superintendent Linda Schrenko. She also prosecuted Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph.
An Atlanta native, she is the daughter of former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Kelley Quillian and the wife of attorney Comer Yates, a veteran school administrator who ran for Congress in 1996 as a Democrat.