September 13, 2021

Durbin meets with Biden's Nominee to be Solicitor General

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met virtually with Elizabeth Prelogar, who has been nominated to be the Solicitor General of the United States.  During their meeting, Durbin and Prelogar discussed her extensive career as a Supreme Court and appellate litigator, covering a range of civil and criminal matters.

“It is not common for a Solicitor General nominee to receive support from a dozen former Senate-confirmed and Acting Solicitors General who served every President from George H.W. Bush to Donald Trump,” said Durbin. “Ms. Prelogar’s broad, bipartisan support is a reflection of her reputation as a dedicated public servant with an unparalleled commitment to advancing legal arguments irrespective of her own personal or political beliefs.  Further, having served in both political and career roles, she is well-positioned to understand the crucial role that career lawyers play in the Office of the Solicitor General.”

Prelogar is currently a Senior Counselor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).  Prior to joining OLC, Prelogar served as the Acting Solicitor General and the Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), and has held career roles at the Justice Department—including as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and, while on detail from OSG, as an Assistant Special Counsel in the Special Counsel’s Office.  She has additionally clerked on the United States Supreme Court for both Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and clerked on the D.C. Circuit for then-Judge Merrick Garland.  Prelogar will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her nomination hearing tomorrow, September 14 at 10:00 AM ET.

A photo of today’s meeting is available here.

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