President Bush on Wednesday named Harriet Miers, a longtime Texas associate, as White House counsel. Miers succeeds Alberto Gonzales, nominated by Bush to be attorney general, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

“Harriet Miers is a trusted adviser on whom I have long relied for straightforward advice,” Bush said in a statement. “Harriet has the keen judgment and discerning intellect necessary to be an outstanding counsel,” the president said. “She is a talented lawyer whose great integrity, legal scholarship and grace have long marked her as one of America’s finest lawyers.”