Maine Attorney General

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The Maine Attorney General is the chief legal advisor and prosecutor of the State of Maine. The constitutional basis of the office is Article IX, Section 11 of the Maine Constitution, and the holder of the position is chosen biennially by the Maine Legislature in joint session.[1]

The powers of the Attorney General are derived from the Maine Revised Statues Annotated, Title 5, Chapter 9. These include representing the State in civil actions, investigating and prosecuting homicides, advising district attorneys, and providing written opinions on matters of law at the request of the Governor or the Legislature. The Attorney General is empowered to appoint deputy and assistant attorneys general, who serve at the Attorney General's pleasure.[2]

List of Maine Attorneys General[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party
Erastus Foote 1820 1831 Democratic-Republican Party
Jonathan P. Rogers 1832 1833 Democratic
Nathan Clifford 1834 1837 Democratic
Daniel Goodenow 1838 1838 Democratic
Stephen Emery 1839 1840 Democratic
Daniel Goodenow 1841 1841 Democratic
Otis L. Bridges 1842 1843 Democratic
Wyman B. S. Moor 1844 1847 Democratic
Samuel H. Blake 1848 1848 Democratic
Henry Tallman 1849 1852 Democratic
George Evans 1853 1854 Whig
John S. Abbott 1855 1855 Republican
George Evans 1856 1856 Whig
Nathan D. Appleton 1857 1859
G.W. Ingersoll 1860 1860
Josiah Hayden Drummond 1860 1863 Democratic
John A. Peters 1864 1866 Republican
William P. Frye 1867 1869 Republican
Thomas Brackett Reed 1870 1872 Republican
Harris M. Plaisted 1873 1875 Republican
Lucilius A. Emery 1876 1878 Republican
William H. McLellan 1879 1879
Henry B. Cleaves 1880 1884 Republican
Orville D. Baker 1885 1888 Republican
Charles E. Littlefield 1889 1892 Republican
Frederick A. Powers 1893 1896 Republican
William T. Haines 1897 1900 Republican
George M. Seiders 1901 1904 Republican
Hannibal Emery Hamlin 1905 1908 Republican
W.C. Philbrook 1909 1910 Republican
Cyrus R. Tupper 1911 1911 Democratic
William Robinson Pattangall 1911 1912 Democratic
Scott Wilson 1913 1914 Republican
William Robinson Pattangall 1915 1916 Democratic
Guy H. Sturgis 1917 1920 Republican
Ransford W. Shaw 1921 1924 Republican
Raymond Fellows 1925 1928 Republican
Clement F. Robinson 1929 1932 Republican
Clyde R. Chapman 1933 1936 Republican
Franz U. Burkett 1937 1940 Republican
Frank I. Cowan 1941 1944 Republican
Ralph W. Farris 1945 1950 Republican
Alexander A. LaFleur 1951 1954 Republican
Frank F. Harding 1955 1958 Republican
Frank E. Hancock 1959 1964 Republican
Richard J. Dubord 1965 1966 Democratic
James S. Erwin 1967 1971 Republican
Jon A. Lund 1972 1975 Republican
Joseph E. Brennan 1975 1979 Democratic
Richard S. Cohen 1979 1981 Republican
James E. Tierney 1981 1991 Democratic
Michael E. Carpenter 1991 1995 Democratic
Andrew Ketterer 1995 2001 Democratic
G. Steven Rowe 2001 2009 Democratic
Janet T. Mills 2009 2011 Democratic
William Schneider 2011 2013 Republican
Janet T. Mills 2013 present Democratic

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