Delaware Attorney General
|Attorney General of Delaware|
|Term length||Four years
|Inaugural holder||Gunning Bedford, Jr.
February 1, 1783
|Website||Delaware Department of Justice - Attorney General Office|
Description of the office
The Attorney General elected to a four-year term in the "off-year" state election, two years before/after the election of the Governor. Along with the State Treasurer, State Auditor, and State Insurance Commissioner, the office is intended to serve as a restraint to the Governor's exclusive executive authority. The office existed in various forms prior to the ratification of the Delaware Constitution of 1776, which continued the existing colonial tradition of granting the Governor of Delaware the power to appoint the Attorney General for a five-year tenure. With the ratification of the Delaware Constitution of 1897, the post was converted to its present four-year elected form, also establishing the Attorney General as third in line of succession to the office of Governor, after the Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.
Gunning Bedford, Jr. was the first holder of the office after American independence. The office is currently held by Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, who was elected in 2006 and took office on January 2, 2007. He is a Democrat and the eldest son of Vice President and former senior U.S. Senator from Delaware, Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Attorneys General of Delaware
- Scharf, John Thomas (1888). History of Delaware 1609-1888. 2 vols. Philadelphia: L. J. Richards & Co.
- Conrad, Henry C. (1908). History of the State of Delaware. Lancaster, Pennsylvania: Wickersham Company.
- Office of the Attorney General, State of Delaware
- Past Attorneys General
- Delaware Historical Society website
- University of Delaware Library website