December 5, 2021

Biden nominee Elizabeth Prelogar confirmed as solicitor general

The Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee Elizabeth Prelogar as U.S. solicitor general on Thursday, making her the second woman to serve in the role.

The solicitor general argues legal matters on behalf of the government before the Supreme Court. She was approved in a 53 to 46 vote in the Senate.

Prelogar previously served as acting solicitor general. The Idaho native has also served as assistant special counsel under Robert Mueller during the Russia investigation regarding the 2016 Trump campaign.

Her work begins Monday, Nov. 1. It has not been announced whether she will participate in Monday’s Supreme Court sessions.

The court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in the Texas abortion restriction law case that went into effect Sept. 1. The legislation restricts abortions in the state after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which usually occurs at six weeks of pregnancy.

The law has been strongly contested by abortion advocates, with the Biden administration also opposing the new law.

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