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Trump taps Bush administration lawyer and Cruz friend as Solicitor General

While the solicitor general has historically worked outside of the public eye, the latest nominee for the job of representing the federal government at the U.S. Supreme Court, Noel Francisco, shouldn't expect anonymity.

Francisco now serves as the administration's acting solicitor general, the National Law Journal reports.

Francisco is but one of many Jones Day partners to make his way into the Trump administration.

Francisco served as a White House lawyer from 2001 to 2003 and spent another two years in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel from 2003 to 2005.

Francisco's job were both under former US President George W. Bush.




He also successfully fought and obtained a ruling in 2014 that limited the White House from filling presidential appointee positions without the Senate's approval.

He's appeared several times before the Supreme Court. The SG is tasked with representing most federal agencies in Supreme Court litigation, and often files amicus (or "friend of the court") briefs in cases where the government has a significant interest.

In June, Francisco successfully defended former Virginia Gov. His credentials include arguing three high-profile cases before the Supreme Court. Bob McDonnell (R) in his corruption case.

Francisco is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, as is Jeffrey Wall, who's in line to be principal deputy solicitor general. At Jones Day he worked with Donald McGahn, the current White House counsel, and is one of several Jones Day alumni now serving in the Trump administration. But with the new president promising to dismantle regulations and upend legal and governmental conventions, appellate experts expect the next solicitor to be knee-deep in.

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