Updated Aug 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden picks Elizabeth Prelogar to be solicitor general

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President Biden has nominated acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar to the job on a permanent basis, the White House said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Prelogar, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the second woman to ever be in charge of representing the U.S. during litigation before the Supreme court.

Background: Prelogar is a Harvard Law graduate and served as a clerk to Attorney General Merrick Garland during when he was a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court. She has been a clerk for Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan — the only woman to have been solicitor general.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the White House's announcement.

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