The Tennessee Attorney General is a position within the Tennessee state government. The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer and lawyer for Tennessee. Unlike most states, the Tennessee Attorney General is an officer of the judicial branch, being appointed by the justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court rather than the Governor. The current office holder is Robert E. Cooper, Jr., who was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court for an eight-year term in 2006 to fill that position. Cooper was sworn in and took office as Attorney General and Reporter of Tennessee on November 1, 2006.