- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2016

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who won landmark Supreme Court victories for the Obama administration on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, is stepping down later this month.

President Obama praised Mr. Verrilli Thursday for “winning landmark cases that moved America forward.”

“Thanks to his efforts, 20 million more Americans now know the security of quality, affordable health care; we’re combating discrimination so that more women and minorities can own their piece of the American Dream; we’ve reaffirmed our commitment to ensuring that immigrants are treated fairly; and our children will now grow up in a country where everyone has the freedom to marry the person they love,” the president said in a statement.

As the longest-serving solicitor general since the early 1970s, Mr. Verrilli argued the administration’s cases before a Supreme Court with a conservative majority, prior to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. He took the post in June 2011 and won several 5-4 decisions at the high court, including the decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in 2012.

In April, Mr. Verrilli argued the administration’s case in United States v. Texas, a lawsuit over the president’s executive actions on immigration. The justices have yet to rule on the case.

Mr. Verrilli, who worked in the White House counsel’s office prior to his current post, hasn’t announced what he’ll do next. His deputy, Ian Gershengorn, is expected to be appointed acting solicitor general.

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