Arkansas Attorney General

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Seal of the Attorney General of Arkansas

The Arkansas Attorney General is an executive position and constitutional officer within the Arkansas government. The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement/legal officer and lawyer for Arkansas. The position is elected every four years, e.g. 2006 and 2010, at the same time as the Governor.

The current Attorney General is Democrat Dustin McDaniel, who was elected on November 7, 2006 and sworn in as the 55th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 9, 2007. He is term-limited in the 2014 election.

The most well-known Arkansas Attorney General is Bill Clinton, who was elected to the position in 1976 and served until he was elected governor in 1978. Other former attorneys general include Bruce Bennett, Joe Purcell, Ray Thornton, Jim Guy Tucker, Mark Pryor, Steve Clark and Mike Beebe. Democrats have held the office since Reconstruction.

According to the official website, the duties of the Attorney General include representing state agencies and commissions in courts of law, giving opinions on issues presented by legislators and prosecutors, handling criminal matters and habeas corpus matters in the state, and advocating for citizens on issues pertaining to the environment, antitrust, and consumer protection.[1]


  1. ^ "Arkansas Attorney General official website". Retrieved 24 June 2013.