Solicitor General of Texas

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Solicitor General of Texas
Kyle D. Hawkins

since September 10, 2018
StyleThe Honorable
AppointerAttorney General of Texas
Term lengthNo fixed term
First holderGreg Coleman
WebsiteOfficial website

The Solicitor General of Texas is the top appellate solicitor or lawyer for the U.S. state of Texas. It is an appointed position in the Office of the Texas Attorney General that focuses on the office's major appellate cases. The majority of the cases handled by the Solicitor are argued in the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Texas. However some cases within the Solicitor's responsibilities are under the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit[1] and the state appellate courts.[2] The Solicitor represents the Attorney General of Texas before the Supreme Court of Texas and other appellate courts[3], as needed. The Office of the Solicitor General writes most of the amicus briefs filed by the Texas attorney general’s office.


The position was created in January 1999[2] by Texas Attorney General John Cornyn and was first filled by Greg Coleman. It is a similar position to solicitors in many states and is modeled after the Solicitor General of the United States.[2] The office has two deputies and other assistant solicitors general.

Notable alumni of the Office of the Solicitor General[edit]

List of solicitors general[edit]

The following is a table of solicitors general of Texas.[4]


  Republican (6)   Democratic (0)   No party (0)

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Attorney General
1 Greg Coleman 1999 2001 John Cornyn
2 Julie Parsley 2001 2002
3 Ted Cruz, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Ted Cruz January 9, 2003 May 12, 2008 Greg Abbott
4 JudgeJamesHo.jpg James C. Ho May 2008 December 9, 2010
5 Jonathan F. Mitchell December 10, 2010 January 5, 2015
6 Scott A. Keller January 2015 September 10, 2018 Ken Paxton
7 Kyle D. Hawkins September 10, 2018 Incumbent


  1. ^ "United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit", Wikipedia, June 24, 2019, retrieved July 22, 2019
  2. ^ a b c "Office of Solicitor General". The Attorney General of Texas. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. ^ "Appellate court", Wikipedia, July 18, 2019, retrieved July 22, 2019
  4. ^ "Ted Cruz longest-serving solicitor general of Texas, Jerry Falwell said".

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