Attorney General of the District of Columbia

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Attorney General of the District of Columbia
DC Attorney General Seal.png
Seal of the Office of the Attorney General
Irvin B. Nathan

since 2011
Term length Four years, renewable
Formation 1973
Website Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General of the District of Columbia is the chief legal officer of the District of Columbia. Currently appointed by the Mayor, D.C. voters approved a charter amendment in 2010 that will make the D.C. attorney general an elected position starting in 2014.

Election delays[edit]

In July 2012,[1] the DC council voted to postpone the election of attorney general to 2018. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson called the vote "an embarrassment." [1]

In September 2013, Paul Zukerberg filed suit against the DC Council and the city elections claiming any delay would violate the District charter — which was amended through the 2010 ballot question to provide for the election of the city’s top lawyer.[1] Attorney General Irv Nathan initially argued that Zukerberg was not suffering any “meaningful hardship” from pushing back the election.[2]

On February 7, 2014, a District of Columbia judge ruled that ballots for the April 1 primary could be printed without the Attorney General race.[3] Zukerberg appealed the ruling.[3]

2014 election[edit]

Zukerberg announced his candidacy for Attorney General in November 2013.[2]

Federal lawyer Edward "Smitty" Smith formally launched his campaign for the post on July 12, 2014.[4]

Attorneys Lorie Masters and Karl Racine and activist Lateefah Williams have also announced their candidacies in the local press.[5]

Previous Attorneys General of the District of Columbia[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "D.C. Council delays first election of attorney general". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Attorney Paul Zukerberg Suing DC Council Over Timing of Attorney General Election". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ a b "D.C. Judge: AG Race Won’t Be on April 1 Ballot". CBS. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  4. ^ Mike DeBonis (2014-07-07). "Edward ‘Smitty’ Smith, former federal lawyer, joins D.C. attorney general race". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  5. ^ Jennifer van der Kleut (2014-07-16). "D.C. attorney general race: One candidate drops out, four new ones jump in". ABC7 WJLA. Retrieved 2014-07-22.