Noel Francisco

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Noel Francisco
Noel Francisco official photo.jpg
47th Solicitor General of the United States
Assumed office
September 19, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Donald B. Verrilli Jr.
In office
January 23, 2017 – March 10, 2017
Acting
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Ian Gershengorn (Acting)
Succeeded by Jeff Wall (Acting)
Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States
In office
January 23, 2017 – March 10, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Ian Heath Gershengorn
Succeeded by Jeff Wall
Personal details
Born Noel John Francisco
(1969-08-21) August 21, 1969 (age 49)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Brandeis University
University of Chicago (BA, JD)

Noel John Francisco (born August 21, 1969) is an American attorney and the current Solicitor General of the United States in the Donald Trump administration.[1] He is the first Asian American confirmed by the United States Senate to hold the position.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Francisco was born in Syracuse, New York to Nemesio and Therese Francisco.[3] Therese was originally from Oswego, New York and Nemesio immigrated from the Philippines to study medicine and became a prominent doctor in Oswego.[4] Francisco was raised in Oswego and graduated from Oswego High School.[5]

After attending Brandeis University for a year, he transferred to the University of Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1991. He received his Juris Doctor with high honors in 1996 from the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Francisco served as a law clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1997 term.[6][7]

Legal career[edit]

Francisco began his legal career at Cooper, Carvin, & Rosenthal, now known as Cooper & Kirk.[8] He was part of the legal team that worked for George W. Bush on the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election.[4]

In 2001, Francisco was appointed as an Associate Counsel to President Bush in the Office of Counsel to the President. He later moved to the Office of Legal Counsel for the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice, serving in that capacity from 2003 until 2005.

In 2005, Francisco moved to the private sector, joining the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Jones Day, eventually becoming the chair of the firm's Government Regulation Practice. While at Jones Day, he appeared several times before the Supreme Court, including in McDonnell v. United States, which involved the meaning of "official act" under federal bribery statutes; Zubik v. Burwell, which involved the application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to regulations related to insurance coverage for contraception; and NLRB v. Noel Canning, which involved the Constitution's recess appointment power.[9] He also argued numerous cases in the lower federal and state courts on a wide range of constitutional, civil, and criminal matters.[6]

Francisco left Jones Day when he was appointed by President Donald Trump to the position of Principal Deputy Solicitor General for the United States, effective January 23, 2017.[7][10][11][12] He served as the Acting Solicitor General from that date until March 10, 2017.

On March 7, 2017, the White House announced Francisco's nomination to the position of Solicitor General.[7][13][14] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50–47 on September 19, 2017.[15]

With the resignation of Rachel Brand on February 8, 2018, Francisco became the third-ranking official in the Justice Department; he would be in charge of the Mueller investigation should the second-ranking official, Rod Rosenstein recuse himself, quit, or be fired.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Francisco is married with two daughters and resides in Washington, D.C.[7] He serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago-based Lumen Christi Institute.[17]

Selected publications and lectures[edit]

  • Francisco, Noel; Burnham, James (May 2013). "Noel Canning v. NLRB--Enforcing Basic Constitutional Limits on Presidential Power." Virginia L. Rev.. 99(1):17–29. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  • Francisco, Noel J.; Burnham, James M. (October 3, 2016). "Time For A New Pleading Standard In Criminal Cases," Forbes. Retrieved March 9, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nominations—Noel Francisco". Congressional Record. 163 (69): S2497–S2498. April 24, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ Visaya, Momar (September 25, 2017). "US Senate confirms Fil-Am as solicitor general". Philippine Daily Inquirer. INQUIRER.net. Retrieved December 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ Weiner, Mark (September 25, 2017). "Senate confirms Oswego native Noel Francisco as Trump's solicitor general". The Post-Standard. Syracuse.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Weiner, Mark (March 10, 2017). "Oswego's Noel Francisco, likely solicitor general: legal star never forgot his home". The Post-Standard. Syracuse.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Nominee Questionnaire" (PDF). United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a work in the public domain: "Meet the Acting Solicitor General – OSG – Department of Justice". 
  7. ^ a b c d "President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts," Office of the Press Secretary, White House, March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Millbank, Dana (January 30, 2001). "White House Counsel Office Now Full of Clinton Legal Foes". Washington Post. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Executive Session, Senate – September 19, 2017, Statement of the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell". Congressional Record, 115th Congress, 1st Session. 163 (151): S5825–S5826. September 19, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ de Vogue, Ariane; Merica, Dan (March 7, 2017). "Trump to nominate Noel Francisco as solicitor general". CNN. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Written Statement of Noel Francisco", House of Representatives, The Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. May 31, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Beavers, Olivia (7 March 2017). "Trump to nominate Noel Francisco for solicitor general". The Hill. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Trump to nominate Francisco as advocate before Supreme Court: sources". 7 March 2017 – via Reuters. 
  14. ^ Barnes, Robert (March 8, 2017). "Trump nominates D.C. lawyer Noel Francisco as solicitor general". Washington Post. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Roll Call vote PN299". United States Senate. September 19, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  16. ^ Bump, Philip (2018-02-09). "Analysis | The No. 3 official at Justice is resigning. Here's how that affects Mueller". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  17. ^ Entry for Noel Francisco, Board of Directors, The Lumen Christi. Retrieved March 9, 2017.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Meet The Acting Solicitor General (Justice.gov)".

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Preceded by
Ian Gershengorn
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Succeeded by
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