The next solicitor general of the United States -- known as the "10th justice" -- is likely to be former Jones Day partner Noel Francisco.(Photo: SAUL LOEB, AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON One of the most difficult jobs for the Trump administration to fill just went to the man already filling it.
Noel Francisco, until this year a partner at the Jones Day law firm and a former Justice Department official under George W. Bush, was nominated by President Trump on Tuesday as solicitor general of the United States.
If confirmed by the Senate, Francisco will head the elite group of attorneys who represent the federal government before the Supreme Court a job often referred to as the "10th justice" because of itsclose relationship with the justices.
The 47-year-old Francisco, who wouldbe the nation's 47th solicitor general, has been filling the vacancy in that office since being named principal deputy solicitor general in January.
During that time, a number of other names were floated for the top job, including New York attorney George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and D.C. lawyers Charles Cooper, Miguel Estrada, Christopher Landau and Kannon Shanmugam all to no avail.
Francisco is but one of many Jones Day partners ...