Elizabeth Prelogar is President Barack Obama’s nominee to be U.S. solicitor general.
The Senate confirmed Prelogar Thursday by voice vote in a vote that saw Biden take the gavel and gavel immediately.
Prelogar currently serves as Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel. She has also worked for the Secret Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, and as a law clerk for an appellate judge in Hawaii.
Obama is expected to announce his choice to be the country’s next top legal official at an event in the coming weeks.
Before the vote, senators in both parties questioned Prelogar on her potential to be the top advocate for the US government on a wide range of issues, including those including the handling of sensitive material.
Prelogar’s nomination came about amid questions about the ability of current solicitor general Don Verrilli to continue in that role when the Supreme Court decides the cases of oral arguments during the current term, which continues through June.
Click here to see our full interview with Prelogar and her role as currently Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel.