State attorney general
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:
The most prevalent method of selecting a state attorney general is by popular election. 43 states have an elected attorney general. Elected attorneys general serve a four-year term, except in Vermont, where the term is two years. 
Seven states do not elect an attorney general. In Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Wyoming, the attorney general is a gubernatorial appointee. The attorney general in Tennessee is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court for an eight-year term. In Maine, the attorney general is elected by the state Legislature for a two-year term.
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. In Puerto Rico, the attorney general is officially called the secretary of justice, but is commonly known as the Puerto Rico attorney general.
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.
- Blue indicates Democractic party.
- Pink is Republican party.
- Yellow are Independent politicians (unaffiliated with a political party).
- White indicates Popular Democratic party.
|Officeholder||State||Party||Assumed office||Term expires||Law School|
|Strange, LutherLuther Strange||Alabama||Rep||January 17, 2011||2019||Tulane University|
|Richards, CraigCraig Richards||Alaska||Rep||December 2, 2014||Appointed by Governor||Washington and Lee University|
|Ale, TalauegaTalauega Ale||American Samoa||Dem||January 28, 2014||Appointed by Governor||Drake University|
|Brnovich, MarkMark Brnovich||Arizona||Rep||January 5, 2015||2019||University of San Diego|
|Rutledge, LeslieLeslie Rutledge||Arkansas||Rep||January 13, 2015||2019||University of Arkansas, Little Rock|
|Harris, KamalaKamala Harris||California||Dem||January 3, 2011||2019||University of California, Hastings|
|Coffman, CynthiaCynthia Coffman||Colorado||Rep||January 11, 2015||2019||Georgia State University|
|Jepsen, GeorgeGeorge Jepsen||Connecticut||Dem||January 5, 2011||2019||Harvard University|
|Denn, MatthewMatthew Denn||Delaware||Dem||January 6, 2015||2019||Yale University|
|Racine, KarlKarl Racine||District of Columbia||Dem||January 2, 2015||2019||University of Virginia|
|Bondi, PamPam Bondi||Florida||Rep||January 4, 2011||2019||Stetson University|
|Olens, SamSam Olens||Georgia||Rep||January 10, 2011||2019||Emory University|
|Barrett-Anderson, ElizabethElizabeth Barrett-Anderson||Guam||Rep||January 5, 2015||2019||Santa Clara University|
|Chin, DougDoug Chin||Hawaii||Dem||March 12, 2015||Appointed by Governor||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
|Wasden, LawrenceLawrence Wasden||Idaho||Rep||January 6, 2003||2019||University of Idaho, Moscow|
|Madigan, LisaLisa Madigan||Illinois||Dem||January 13, 2003||2019||Loyola University Chicago|
|Zoeller, GregGreg Zoeller||Indiana||Rep||January 12, 2009||2017||Indiana University, Bloomington|
|Miller, TomTom Miller||Iowa||Dem||January 6, 1995||2019||Harvard University|
|Schmidt, DerekDerek Schmidt||Kansas||Rep||January 10, 2011||2019||Georgetown University|
|Beshear, AndyAndy Beshear||Kentucky||Dem||January 4, 2016||2020||University of Virginia|
|Landry, JeffJeff Landry||Louisiana||Rep||January 11, 2016||2019||Loyola University, New Orleans|
|Mills, JanetJanet Mills||Maine||Dem||January 7, 2011||Elected by the Legislature||University of Maine, Portland|
|Frosh, BrianBrian Frosh||Maryland||Dem||January 6, 2015||2019||Columbia University|
|Healey, MauraMaura Healey||Massachusetts||Dem||January 21, 2015||2019||Northeastern University|
|Schuette, BillBill Schuette||Michigan||Rep||January 1, 2011||2019||University of San Francisco|
|Swanson, LoriLori Swanson||Minnesota||Dem||January 2, 2007||2019||William Mitchell College|
|Hood, JimJim Hood||Mississippi||Dem||January 14, 2004||2015||University of Mississippi, Oxford|
|Koster, ChrisChris Koster||Missouri||Dem||January 12, 2004||2017||University of Missouri, Columbia|
|Fox, TimTim Fox||Montana||Rep||January 7, 2013||2017||University of Montana|
|Peterson, DougDoug Peterson||Nebraska||Rep||January 8, 2015||2019||Pepperdine University|
|Laxalt, AdamAdam Laxalt||Nevada||Rep||January 5, 2015||2019||Georgetown University|
|Foster, JosephJoseph Foster||New Hampshire||Dem||May 15, 2013||2017 (Appointed by Governor)||George Washington University|
|Hoffman, JohnJohn Hoffman (Acting)||New Jersey||Rep||June 10, 2013||Appointed by Governor||Duke University|
|Balderas, HectorHector Balderas||New Mexico||Dem||January 1, 2015||2019||University of New Mexico, Albuquerque|
|Schneiderman, EricEric Schneiderman||New York||Dem||January 6, 2011||2019||Harvard University|
|Cooper, RoyRoy Cooper||North Carolina||Dem||January 1, 2001||2017||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill|
|Stenehjem, WayneWayne Stenehjem||North Dakota||Rep||December 15, 2000||2019||University of North Dakota|
|Manibusan, EdwardEdward Manibusan||Northern Mariana Islands||Ind||January 13, 2015||2019||Gonzaga University|
|DeWine, MikeMike DeWine||Ohio||Rep||January 10, 2011||2019||Ohio Northern University|
|Pruitt, ScottScott Pruitt||Oklahoma||Rep||January 10, 2011||2019||University of Tulsa|
|Rosenblum, EllenEllen Rosenblum||Oregon||Dem||June 29, 2012||2017||University of Oregon|
|Kane, KathleenKathleen Kane||Pennsylvania||Dem||January 15, 2013||2017||Temple University|
|Miranda, CésarCésar Miranda||Puerto Rico||PPD/Dem||January 13, 2014||2017||Rutgers University, Camden|
|Kilmartin, PeterPeter Kilmartin||Rhode Island||Dem||January 4, 2011||2019||Roger Williams University|
|Wilson, AlanAlan Wilson||South Carolina||Rep||January 12, 2011||2019||University of South Carolina, Columbia|
|Jackley, MartyMarty Jackley||South Dakota||Rep||September 4, 2009||2019||University of South Dakota|
|Slatery, HerbertHerbert Slatery||Tennessee||Rep||October 1, 2014||2022 (appointed by TN Supreme Court)||University of Tennessee, Knoxville|
|Paxton, KenKen Paxton||Texas||Rep||January 5, 2015||2019||University of Virginia|
|Walker, ClaudeClaude Walker||U.S. Virgin Islands||Ind||August 6, 2015||Appointed by Governor||Albany Law School|
|Reyes, SeanSean Reyes||Utah||Rep||December 30, 2013||2017||University of California, Berkeley|
|Sorrell, WilliamWilliam Sorrell||Vermont||Dem||May 1, 1997||2017||Cornell University|
|Herring, MarkMark Herring||Virginia||Dem||January 11, 2014||2018||University of Richmond|
|Ferguson, BobBob Ferguson||Washington||Dem||January 16, 2013||2016||New York University|
|Morrisey, PatrickPatrick Morrisey||West Virginia||Rep||January 14, 2013||2016||Rutgers University, Newark|
|Schimel, BradBrad Schimel||Wisconsin||Rep||January 5, 2015||2019||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Michael, PeterPeter Michael||Wyoming||Rep||July 9, 2013||Appointed by Governor||University of Wyoming|
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- The title of the head of Puerto Rico's Justice Department is the Secretary of Justice, not Attorney General.
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