Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson has picked Seattle lawyer Noah Guzzo Purcell to serve as his new solicitor general after he takes office next week. Purcell, a Seattle native, replaces Maureen Hart, who is retiring. The move is one of the few announced by Ferguson, a Democrat, as he prepares to take the place of two-term Republican Rob McKenna on Jan. 16.
Purcell is a Harvard trained lawyer from Seattle who once clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and who has provided pro bono legal help to patients in the Plan B contraceptives case – Stormans v. Selecky, according to the AG’s announcement. The Stormans case pits an Olympia pharmacy owner and his religious objections to use of the “morning after” pills against the state Department of Health rules that require pharmacies to stock medications in demand, and the case is an appeal in the federal courts.
Ferguson previously announced his longtime chief of staff from the King County Council, Mamie Marcuss, is taking over that same role at the AG’s Office, and he is retaining McKenna’s chief deputy, Brian Moran, to oversee all legal operations in the agency.
Today’s announcement is here:
Ferguson is expected to announce other staff changes in the next few days. Details on his transition committee are here.