The Senate on Thursday approved Biden nominee Elizabeth Prelogar to serve as Solicitor General.
After the 53-36 vote, the appellate attorney is now the second woman to permanently hold the position as the federal government’s top attorney at the Supreme Court. Justice Elena Kagan — whom Ms. Prelogar clerked for — was the first woman to hold the position, from 2009 to 2010, in the Obama administration.
Ms. Prelogar will make her first appearance since being confirmed before the justices on Monday. She will be representing the Justice Department in its legal fight to block Texas’ abortion law that bans the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Ms. Prelogar has been serving as the Justice Department’s fourth-ranked lawyer in an acting capacity since January, during which time she has argued two cases before the high court.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Prelogar also clerked for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and then-attorney Merrick Garland, who is now the U.S. attorney general.
She served as an assistant to the solicitor general from 2014 to 2019 and was tapped to assist then-special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
• Alex Swoyer contributed to this story.