WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today praised the nomination of Noel Francisco as U.S. Solicitor General. Sen. Cruz and Francisco worked together as young lawyers at what is now the Cooper & Kirk law firm in Washington, D.C., and also on the legal team supporting former President George W. Bush during the 2000 Florida recount. Francisco also served as a law clerk to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the same judge for whom Cruz clerked the previous year.
“I enthusiastically applaud President Trump’s nomination of Noel Francisco to be Solicitor General of the United States,” Sen. Cruz said. “Noel and I have been close friends for over two decades, and I know him personally to be a brilliant lawyer and a principled conservative. He has cemented his reputation as one of the best appellate advocates of our generation, including arguing and winning the landmark case of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rebuked President Obama’s unlawful abuse of the President’s recess appointments power. I am confident that Noel will be a tireless champion for the rule of law, and I look forward to his strong leadership at the Department of Justice and skilled advocacy for the United States before the Supreme Court.”