In a surprise announcement, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Leondra Kruger, a 34-year-old assistant to the solicitor general, has been named acting principal deputy solicitor general — the so-called “political deputy” position under Acting SG Neal Katyal.

Kruger has argued six cases since joining the office in 2007 according to this Oyez Project tally. She was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in 2007, and before that was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington, D.C. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens in 2003 and 2004 and has a law degree from Yale Law School.

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