Calling it the “honor of his professional life,” Attorney General Eric Holder said that he was “proud” of his career as head of the Justice Department, suggesting that he would confer with President Obama at some point if he decided to resign from his position.

“When the time comes for me to step aside for my successor, I will do so,” he stated.

Holder made his remarks in response to a question before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee Thursday.

“There are certain goals that I set for myself and my department when I started back in 2009,” Holder explained. “When I get to the point when I think I’ve accomplished all the goals that I set, I will sit down with the president, and we’ll talk about a transition to a new attorney general.”