Florida Attorney General

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Attorney General of Florida
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Incumbent
Pam Bondi

since January 4, 2011
Department of Legal Affairs
Term length Four years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Joseph Branch
Formation 1845
Website http://myfloridalegal.com/

The Florida Attorney General is an elected cabinet official in the U.S. state of Florida. The attorney general serves as the chief legal officer of the state and is head of the Florida Department of Legal Affairs.

The office is one of only three elected state cabinet posts, along with the Chief Financial Officer and Agriculture Commissioner. The current attorney general is Pam Bondi, who took office on January 4, 2011. Her term will expire on January 6, 2015.

Election and terms of office[edit]

As with the other two cabinet posts and the office of lieutenant governor, there is a limit of two four-year terms for the Attorney General.[1] The Governor of Florida is restricted to two consecutive terms, with no lifetime limit on the number of terms he or she may serve.

The Attorney General appoints the Florida Solicitor General who serves at his or her pleasure. The current solicitor is Allen Winsor.

In the event that the offices of the governor of Florida and lieutenant governor of Florida are vacated, the attorney general then becomes governor.[2]

Removal from office[edit]

The Florida Attorney General can be impeached for committing a "misdemeanor in office" by the State Legislature, and convicted and thereby removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the State Senate.

Office holders[edit]

Augustus Maxwell, 1846-1848
James Westcott, Jr., 1868
Park Trammell, 1909-1913
Charlie Crist, 2003-2007
Bill McCollum, 2007-2011
Attorney General Term of Service
Joseph Branch 1845 - 1846
Augustus E. Maxwell 1846 - 1848
James T. Archer 1848
David P. Hogue 1848–1853
Mariano D. Papy 1853-1861
John B. Galbraith 1861-1868
James Westcott, Jr. 1868
A. R. Meek 1868–1870
Sherman Conant 1870-1871
J.B.C. Drew 1871-1872
H. Bisbee, Jr. 1872
J.P.C. Emmons 1872–1873
William A. Cocke 1873-1877
George P. Raney 1877–1885
Martina Ceasar 1885-1889
William B. Lamar 1889–1903
James B. Whitfield 1903-1904
W.H. Ellis 1904-1909
Park Trammell 1909-1913
Thomas F. West 1913-1917
Van C. Swearingen 1917-1921
Rivers Buford 1921-1925
J.B. Johnson 1925-1927
Fred H. Davis 1927-1931
Cary D. Landis 1931-1938
George Couper Gibbs 1938-1941
J. Thomas Watson 1941-1949
Richard W. Ervin 1949-1964
James W. Kynes 1964-1965
Earl Faircloth 1965-1971
Robert Shevin 1971-1979
James C. Smith 1979-1987
Robert A. Butterworth 1987-2002
Richard E. Doran 2002-2003
Charlie Crist 2003-2007
Bill McCollum 2007-2011
Pam Bondi 2011-

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1968 Constitution of Florida (as amended), Article VI, Section 4
  2. ^ "Succession to Positions of Governor and Lieutenant Governor". National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved 14 March 2013.