President Bush is nominating Gregory C. Garre to be the U.S. solicitor general, the lawyer charged with arguing the administration's cases before the Supreme Court.

The White House issued a statement Monday. Bush is designating Garre to serve as acting solicitor general while his confirmation is pending before the Senate.

Garre will replace Paul Clement, who announced in May that he was resigning.

Garre currently serves as principal deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department. Earlier, he served in private practice and as assistant to the solicitor general. He received his law degree from George Washington University.