Newest “10th Justice” confirmed

Gregory Garre can shave the word “acting” off of his title of U.S. solicitor general. According to SCOTUSBlog’s Ben Winograd, yesterday the Senate confirmed Garre to be the Justice Department’s top litigator.

President George W. Bush nominated Garre in May to serve in the post for the remainder of the Bush administration, and designated him acting SC after former Solicitor General Paul Clement announced he would step down.

Garre, who earned his law degree at George Washington University, clerked for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist and was a partner at Hogan and Hartson before becoming assistant to the solicitor general, and later principal deputy solicitor general before being designated acting SG.

Garre has had a distinguished tenure at the justice department, arguing frequently before the Supreme Court, including high profile cases like Massachusetts v. EPA, Baze v. Rees, and Gomez-Perez v. Potter.

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