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The Attorney General is an executive office in all 50 states that serves as the chief legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for the state government and is empowered to prosecute violations of state law, represent the state in legal disputes and issue legal advice to state agencies and the legislature. In most states, the attorney general has a substantial influence on a state's approach to law enforcement. Attorneys general often set particular law enforcement priorities (e.g. drug law, civil rights violations or sexual crime) and focus extra resources on these issues. This puts them, in the words of the National Association of Attorneys General, at the "intersection of law and public policy."[1][2]

Political parties

The chart below is a breakdown of the political parties pertaining to the state executive office of attorney general. For other state executive offices, click here.

Office Democratic Party Democratic Republican Party Republican Independent Independent Nonpartisan Total seats
Attorney General

26

24

0

0

50
Counts current as of July 2014. If you see an error, please email us

Current officeholders

List of Current Attorneys General

List of All Current State Attorneys General in the United States
StateOfficerAssumed officePolitical Party
South Carolina
Michael Alan Wilson
2011
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Delaware
Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III
2011
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Michigan
William Duncan "Bill" Schuette
2011
Ends.png Republican
Vermont
William H. Sorrell
1997
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Washington
Bob Ferguson
2013
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Louisiana
Buddy Caldwell
2007
Ends.png Republican
Nevada
Catherine Cortez Masto
2007
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Missouri
Chris Koster
2009
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Hawaii
David M. Louie
2011
Electiondot.png Democratic
Kansas
Derek Schmidt
2011
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Maryland
Douglas F. Gansler
2006
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Arkansas
Dustin McDaniel
2007
Electiondot.png Democratic
Oregon
Ellen Rosenblum
2012
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New York
Eric Schneiderman
2011
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New Mexico
Gary King
2006
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Connecticut
George C. Jepsen
2011
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Texas
Greg Abbott
2002
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Indiana
Greg Zoeller
2009
Ends.png Republican
Wisconsin
J.B. Van Hollen
2007
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Kentucky
Jack Conway
2007
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Maine
Janet T. Mills
2012
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Mississippi
Jim Hood
2004
Electiondot.png Democratic
New Hampshire
Joe Foster
2013
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New Jersey
John Hoffman
2013
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Colorado
John W. Suthers
2005
Ends.png Republican
Nebraska
Jon Bruning
2002
Ends.png Republican
California
Kamala D. Harris
2011
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Pennsylvania
Kathleen Kane
2013
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Idaho
Lawrence Wasden
2003
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Illinois
Lisa Madigan
2003
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Minnesota
Lori Swanson
2007
Electiondot.png Democratic
Alabama
Luther J. Strange, III
2011
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Virginia
Mark Herring
2014
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Massachusetts
Martha Coakley
2007
Electiondot.png Democratic
South Dakota
Marty J. Jackley
2009
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Alaska
Michael Geraghty
2012
Ends.png Republican
Ohio
Richard Michael DeWine
2011
Ends.png Republican
Florida
Pam Bondi
2011
Ends.png Republican
West Virginia
Patrick Morrisey
2013
Ends.png Republican
Rhode Island
Peter Kilmartin
2011
Electiondot.png Democratic
Wyoming
Peter Michael
2013
Ends.png Republican
Tennessee
Robert E. Cooper, Jr.
2006
Electiondot.png Democratic
North Carolina
Roy Cooper
2001
Electiondot.png Democratic
Georgia
Samuel S. Olens
2011
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Oklahoma
Scott Pruitt
2011
Ends.png Republican
Utah
Sean D. Reyes
2013
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Montana
Tim Fox
2013
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Arizona
Thomas C. Horne
2011
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Iowa
Thomas John Miller
1995
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North Dakota
Wayne Stenehjem
2001
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Elected vs. Appointed

43 states directly elect Attorneys General. Others are appointed by either the governor, state legislature or state supreme court.

Attorneys general are chosen in four different ways; they are either popularly elected or appointed by the governor, the state legislature, or the state supreme court. The office is elective in 43 states and chosen by a state government organ in 6.

The attorney general is appointed by the governor in four states: Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Wyoming.

In Maine and New Hampshire, the officeholder is chosen by the state legislature, while in Tennessee the choice falls to the state supreme court.


Quick facts about Attorneys General

Election history

2014

Main article: State executive official elections, 2014

Thirty states will hold regularly scheduled attorney general elections in the 2014 electoral cycle:

2013

Main article: State executive official elections, 2013

One state, Virginia, held a regularly scheduled attorney general election in 2013. State Senators Mark Herring (D) and Mark Obenshain (R) faced off in the general election on November 5, 2013, and the race was considered too close to call until the State Board of Elections certified the results of the race on November 25, 2013, naming Herring the victor by a margin of 165 votes.[3][4][5] Since the margin was equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total vote, Obenshain, as the losing candidate, was entitled to request a publicly financed recount, which he did on November 27.[6][7] The recount began on December 26, and Obenshain conceded to Herring two days later, giving a Democrat control of the office for the first time in almost two decades.[8][9]

2012

Ten states held attorney general elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

Heading into the November election, the Democrats held 6 of the seats and the Republicans held 4 seats. Five incumbents sought, and won, re-election, and the status breakdown of the remaining seats was as follows:

  • Two - Montana AG Steve Bullock (D) and Washington AG Rob McKenna (R) - ran for the governorship in their respective states in 2012.
  • One - Utah AG Mark Shurtleff (R) - retired from office.
  • One - 2011 appointee Pennsylvania AG Linda Kelly (R) - did not run for election due to the terms of her Senate confirmation.
  • One - Oregon AG John Kroger (D) - resigned six months ahead of schedule to take a new job as President of Reed College in Portland. Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Ellen Rosenblum, who was running for 2012 election to the attorney general post at the time, to serve as interim attorney general for the remainder of his unexpired term. Rosenblum was elected to a full term in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Democrats won 6 of the 2012 races while Republicans took 4, thus the partisan balance remained unchanged.

2011 elections

Main article: Attorney General elections, 2011
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Candidates for State Attorney General, 2011


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National Association of Attorneys General

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Three states, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, had regularly scheduled attorney general elections in the 2011 electoral cycle.

Incumbents were re-elected in all three states. Democratic incumbents Jack Conway (KY) and Jim Hood (MS) successfully defended their posts against Republican challengers Todd P’Pool and Steve Simpson, respectively. The Attorney General of Louisiana election was decided even before the October 22, 2011 primary election. Incumbent Republican Buddy Caldwell was unopposed in the race after his sole challenger, former U.S. Representative Joseph Cao withdrew from the race in late September 2011, and[10] the office of attorney general did not appear on the ballot.

2010 elections

Main article: Attorney General elections, 2010

Thirty attorney general elections were held on November 2, 2010. Of the 30 seats that were up for election, 20 were held by a Democrat and 10 by a Republican. Of those 30 races, 16 were won by Republicans and 14 by Democrats- a net gain of 6 by Republicans over their pre-election total.

Partisan breakdown of State Attorneys General
Party Before November 2010 election After November 2010 election
With 2010 elections Unelected AGs Total AGs Post 2010 elections Unelected AGs Total AGs Gain/loss legislators
Democratic
20 12 32 14 12 26 -6
Republican
10 8 18 16 8 24 +6


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