State attorney general

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The state attorney general in each of the 50 U.S. states and territories is the chief legal advisor to the state government and the state's chief law enforcement officer. In some states, the attorney general serves as the head of a state department of justice, with responsibilities similar to those of the United States Department of Justice.

The current party composition of the state Attorneys General are:

The composition for territories and districts are:

Selection[edit]

The most prevalent method of selecting a state attorney general is by popular election. 43 states have an elected attorney general.[1] Elected attorneys general serve a four-year term, except in Vermont, where the term is two years.[2]

Seven states do not elect an attorney general. In Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wyoming, the attorney general is a gubernatorial appointee.[1] The attorney general in Tennessee is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court for an eight-year term.[1][2] In Maine, the attorney general is elected by the state Legislature for a two-year term.[1][2]

The District of Columbia and two U.S. territories, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, elect their attorneys general for a four-year term. 2014 marked the first year that the District of Columbia and Northern Mariana Islands held an election for the office. In American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the attorney general is appointed by governor.[3] In Puerto Rico, the attorney general is officially called the secretary of justice, but is commonly known as the Puerto Rico attorney general.[4]

Table[edit]

List of attorneys general by U.S. states and territories:

Rows of the Attorney General table below are color coded indicating the political party of the office holder.

Officeholder State Party Assumed office Term expires Law School
Steve Marshall Alabama Republican February 10, 2017 2019 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Lindemuth, JahnaJahna Lindemuth Alaska Independent August 8, 2016 Appointed University of California, Berkeley
Ale, TalauegaTalauega Ale American Samoa Democratic January 28, 2014 Appointed Drake University
Brnovich, MarkMark Brnovich Arizona Republican January 5, 2015 2019 University of San Diego
Rutledge, LeslieLeslie Rutledge Arkansas Republican January 13, 2015 2019 University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Becerra, XavierXavier Becerra California Democratic January 24, 2017 2019 Stanford University
Coffman, CynthiaCynthia Coffman Colorado Republican January 11, 2015 2019 Georgia State University
Jepsen, GeorgeGeorge Jepsen Connecticut Democratic January 5, 2011 2019 Harvard University
Denn, MatthewMatthew Denn Delaware Democratic January 6, 2015 2019 Yale University
Racine, KarlKarl Racine District of Columbia Democratic January 2, 2015 2019 University of Virginia
Bondi, PamPam Bondi Florida Republican January 4, 2011 2019 Stetson University
Carr, ChrisChris Carr Georgia Republican November 1, 2016 2019 University of Georgia
Barrett-Anderson, ElizabethElizabeth Barrett-Anderson Guam Republican January 5, 2015 2019 Santa Clara University
Chin, DougDoug Chin Hawaii Democratic March 12, 2015 Appointed University of Hawaii at Manoa
Wasden, LawrenceLawrence Wasden Idaho Republican January 6, 2003 2019 University of Idaho, Moscow
Madigan, LisaLisa Madigan Illinois Democratic January 13, 2003 2019 Loyola University Chicago
Hill, CurtisCurtis Hill Indiana Republican January 9, 2017 2021 Indiana University, Bloomington
Miller, TomTom Miller Iowa Democratic January 6, 1995 2019 Harvard University
Schmidt, DerekDerek Schmidt Kansas Republican January 10, 2011 2019 Georgetown University
Beshear, AndyAndy Beshear Kentucky Democratic January 4, 2016 2020 University of Virginia
Landry, JeffJeff Landry Louisiana Republican January 11, 2016 2019 Loyola University, New Orleans
Mills, JanetJanet Mills Maine Democratic January 7, 2011 Elected by the Legislature University of Maine, Portland
Frosh, BrianBrian Frosh Maryland Democratic January 6, 2015 2019 Columbia University
Healey, MauraMaura Healey Massachusetts Democratic January 21, 2015 2019 Northeastern University
Schuette, BillBill Schuette Michigan Republican January 1, 2011 2019 University of San Francisco
Swanson, LoriLori Swanson Minnesota Democratic January 2, 2007 2019 William Mitchell College
Hood, JimJim Hood Mississippi Democratic January 14, 2004 2019 University of Mississippi, Oxford
Hawley, JoshJosh Hawley Missouri Republican January 9, 2017 2021 Yale University
Fox, TimTim Fox Montana Republican January 7, 2013 2021 University of Montana
Peterson, DougDoug Peterson Nebraska Republican January 8, 2015 2019 Pepperdine University
Laxalt, AdamAdam Laxalt Nevada Republican January 5, 2015 2019 Georgetown University
MacDonald, GordonGordon MacDonald New Hampshire Republican April 13, 2017 2021 Cornell University
Porrino, ChristopherChristopher Porrino New Jersey Independent June 21, 2016 Appointed Seton Hall University
Balderas, HectorHector Balderas New Mexico Democratic January 1, 2015 2019 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Schneiderman, EricEric Schneiderman New York Democratic January 6, 2011 2019 Harvard University
Stein, JoshJosh Stein North Carolina Democratic January 1, 2017 2021 Harvard University
Stenehjem, WayneWayne Stenehjem North Dakota Republican December 15, 2000 2019 University of North Dakota
Manibusan, EdwardEdward Manibusan Northern Mariana Islands Democratic January 13, 2015 2019 Gonzaga University
DeWine, MikeMike DeWine Ohio Republican January 10, 2011 2019 Ohio Northern University
Hunter, MikeMike Hunter Oklahoma Republican February 20, 2017 2019 University of Oklahoma
Rosenblum, EllenEllen Rosenblum Oregon Democratic June 29, 2012 2021 University of Oregon
Shapiro, JoshJosh Shapiro Pennsylvania Democratic January 17, 2017 2021 Georgetown University
Vázquez Garced, WandaWanda Vázquez Garced Puerto Rico[5] New Progressive/
Independent
January 2, 2017 2021 (Appointed) Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Kilmartin, PeterPeter Kilmartin Rhode Island Democratic January 4, 2011 2019 Roger Williams University
Wilson, AlanAlan Wilson South Carolina Republican January 12, 2011 2019 University of South Carolina, Columbia
Jackley, MartyMarty Jackley South Dakota Republican September 4, 2009 2019 University of South Dakota
Slatery, HerbertHerbert Slatery Tennessee Republican October 1, 2014 2022 (Appointed) University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Paxton, KenKen Paxton Texas Republican January 5, 2015 2019 University of Virginia
Walker, ClaudeClaude Walker U.S. Virgin Islands Independent August 6, 2015 Appointed Albany Law School
Reyes, SeanSean Reyes Utah Republican December 30, 2013 2021 University of California, Berkeley
Donovan, T. J.T. J. Donovan Vermont Democratic January 5, 2017 2021 Suffolk University
Herring, MarkMark Herring Virginia Democratic January 11, 2014 2018 University of Richmond
Ferguson, BobBob Ferguson Washington Democratic January 16, 2013 2020 New York University
Morrisey, PatrickPatrick Morrisey West Virginia Republican January 14, 2013 2020 Rutgers University, Newark
Schimel, BradBrad Schimel Wisconsin Republican January 5, 2015 2019 University of Wisconsin, Madison
Michael, PeterPeter Michael Wyoming Republican July 9, 2013 Appointed University of Wyoming

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Moretto, Mario (January 23, 2015). "LePage sheds light on plan to strip Legislature of power to elect attorney general, treasurer". Bangor Publishing Company. Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Elections for Attorney General to Take Place in 30 States". National Association of Attorneys General. National Association of Attorneys General. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "2014 State and Territorial Attorneys General Election Results". National Association of Attorneys General. National Association of Attorneys General. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "AG Spotlight: New Attorneys General". National Association of Attorneys General. National Association of Attorneys General. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ The title of the head of Puerto Rico's Justice Department is the Secretary of Justice, not Attorney General.

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