New Texas Solicitor General

Texas – State Attorney General Greg Abbott has named a George Mason University law professor as the new Solicitor General of Texas.

Jonathan Mitchell, who has been serving as an assistant professor of law at George Mason in Virginia, has also been an assistant visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School and spent three years in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S Department of Justice.

As the state's chief appellate lawyer, Mitchell will oversee both criminal and civil litigation before state and federal appeals courts and will represent the State of Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mitchell, whose appointment begins immediately, will also serve as a top legal adviser to Abbott.

Mitchell succeeds James Ho, who served as Solicitor General of Texas for nearly three years.

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