Florida Attorney General
|Attorney General of Florida|
Seal of the Attorney General of Florida
|Department of Legal Affairs|
|Term length||Four years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Joseph Branch|
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
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. The Governor of Florida is restricted to two consecutive terms, with no lifetime limit on the number of terms he or she may serve.
Removal from office
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.
|Attorney General||Term of Service|
|Joseph Branch||1845 - 1846|
|Augustus 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|
|Horatio Bisbee, Jr.||1872|
|William A. Cocke||1873-1877|
|George P. Raney||1877–1885|
|Charles Merian Cooper||1885-1889|
|William Bailey Lamar||1889–1903|
|James B. Whitfield||1903-1904|
|Thomas F. West||1913-1917|
|Van C. Swearingen||1917-1921|
|Fred Henry Davis||1927-1931|
|Cary D. Landis||1931-1938|
|George Couper Gibbs||1938-1941|
|J. Thomas Watson||1941-1949|
|James W. Kynes||1964-1965|
|Robert L. Shevin||1971-1979|
|James C. Smith||1979-1987|
|Richard E. Doran||2002-2003|
- 1968 Constitution of Florida (as amended), Article VI, Section 4
- "Succession to Positions of Governor and Lieutenant Governor". National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved 14 March 2013.