Attorney General of Kentucky

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Attorney General of Kentucky
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Incumbent
Jack Conway

since January 7, 2008
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, two term limit
Inaugural holder George Nicholas
1792
Formation Kentucky Constitution
Website Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General of Kentucky is an office created by the Kentucky Constitution. (Ky.Const. § 91). Under Kentucky law, he serves several roles, including the state's chief prosecutor (KRS 15.700), the state's chief law enforcement officer (KRS 15.700), and the state's chief law officer (KRS 15.020). As the chief prosecutor, the Attorney General is the Chairman of the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council, which supervises the prosecutors of Kentucky (KRS 15.700, KRS 15.705). As chief law officer, he writes opinions to advise government officials and agencies concerning the law. (KRS 15.020). The Attorney General holds an ex officio seat on various Kentucky state boards and agencies.

The Attorney General of Kentucky is elected for a four-year term in the same year other statewide officers are elected, rather than being appointed as in some states such as Alaska. A 1992 amendment to the Kentucky Constitution permits the Attorney General of Kentucky to serve two consecutive terms. (Ky.Const. § 93). The Attorney General appoints a deputy and various Assistants to the Attorney General, who have the power to act on his behalf. (KRS 15.100(1).

The current Attorney General of Kentucky is Jack Conway, a Democrat who was elected on November 6, 2007.

List of Attorneys General of Kentucky[edit]

John Breckinridge previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives including as Speaker of the House; later served in the United States Senate and then as Attorney General of the United States
Solomon P. Sharp previously served in the United States House of Representatives and served in the Kentucky House of Representatives before and after serving as Attorney General of Kentucky
  • Frederick W. S. Grayson, 1825-1825
  • James W. Denny, 1825-1832
  • Charles Morehead, 1832-1838
  • Owen G. Cotes, 1838-1849
  • Madison Conyers Johnson, 1849
  • James Harlan, 1849-1859
  • Andrew J. James, 1859-1861
  • John M. Harlan, 1861-1865
John Marshall Harlan later became an associate justice of Supreme Court of the United States
  • John Rodman, 1865-1875
  • Thomas Edward Moss, 1875-1879
  • Parker Watkins Hardin, 1879-1889
  • William J. Hendrick, 1889-1896
  • William S. Taylor, 1896-1900
  • R. J. Breckinridge, 1900-1902
  • C. J. Pratt, 1902-1904
  • N. B. Hays, 1904-1908
  • James Breathitt, 1908-1912
  • James Garnett, 1912-1916
  • M. M. Logan, 1916-1917
M. M. Logan later became a member of the United States Senate
Charles I. Dawson previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives and as Commonwealth's Attorney and County Attorney and later served as a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • T. B. McGregor, 1923-1924
  • Frank E. Daugherty, 1924-1928
  • James W. Cammack, 1928-1932
  • Bailey P. Wootton, 1932-1936
  • B. M. Vincent, 1936-1937
  • Hubert Meredith, 1937-1944
  • Eldon S. Dummit, 1944-1948
  • Alvarado E. Funk, 1948-1952
  • J. D. Buckman, Jr., 1952-1956
  • Jo M. Ferguson, 1956-1960
  • John Bayne Breckinridge, 1960-1964
  • Robert Matthews, 1964-1968
  • John Bayne Breckinridge, 1968-1972
John Bayne Breckinridge was later elected to the United States House of Representatives from Central Kentucky
  • Ed W. Hancock, 1972-1976
Ed W. Hancock was later elected Auditor of Public Accounts
  • Robert F. Stephens, 1976-1979
Robert F. Stephens was a former Lexington-Fayette County Judge and later became Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court
Steve Beshear is a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives; he later became Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and is the current Governor of Kentucky, having been elected in 2007
David L. Armstrong is a former Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney; he later became Jefferson County Judge Executive and Mayor of Louisville
Frederic J. Cowan had served previously in the Kentucky House of Representatives; he is currently serving as a Kentucky Circuit Court Judge
  • Chris Gorman, 1992-1996
Chris Gorman served previously as a Jefferson County Commissioner
Ben Chandler served previously as Auditor of Public Accounts and later served in the United States House of Representatives
Greg Stumbo served previously in the Kentucky House of Representatives including as Majority Leader. After his term as Attorney General expired, Stumbo was re-elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives, where he currently serves as Speaker of the House.

External links[edit]

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office is divided into the following divisions: