Donald Verrilli, Influential Justice Department Lawyer, to Step Down

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the lawyer who successfully defended President Obama's health care law from repeated challenges before the U.S. Supreme Court, will step down later this month, the White House and the Justice Department announced Thursday.

"Thanks to his efforts, 20 million more Americans now know the security of quality, affordable health care," President Obama said, calling Verrilli "a dedicated public servant who has helped our nation live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all."

Verrilli will leave on June 24 after five years in the office, making him the seventh-longest serving Solicitor General, NBC News reported.

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