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State Attorneys 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:

Attorneys general are popularly elected in 43 states and in Guam. In Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Wyoming, as well as in the other territories, the attorney general is appointed by the governor, while the mayor makes the appointment in the District of Columbia. The attorneys general of Maine and of Tennessee are elected by the Maine Legislature and by the Tennessee Supreme Court respectively.[1]


List of attorneys general by U.S. states:

Current Attorney General State Party Assumed office Term expires Law School
Luther Strange Alabama Rep 2011 2015 Tulane University
Michael Geraghty Alaska Rep 2010 Appointed by Governor Seattle University
Tom Horne Arizona Rep 2011 2015 Harvard University
Dustin McDaniel Arkansas Dem 2007 2015 University of Arkansas
Kamala Harris California Dem 2011 2015 University of California, Hastings
John Suthers Colorado Rep 2005 2015 University of Colorado
George Jepsen Connecticut Dem 2011 2015 Harvard University
Beau Biden Delaware Dem 2007 2015 Syracuse University
Pam Bondi Florida Rep 2011 2015 Stetson University
Sam Olens Georgia Rep 2011 2015 Emory University
David M. Louie Hawaii Dem 2010 Appointed by Governor UC Berkeley
Lawrence Wasden Idaho Rep 2003 2015 University of Idaho
Lisa Madigan Illinois Dem 2003 2015 Loyola University Chicago
Greg Zoeller Indiana Rep 2009 2017 Indiana University
Thomas John Miller Iowa Dem 1995 2015 Harvard University
Derek Schmidt Kansas Rep 2011 2015 Georgetown University
Jack Conway Kentucky Dem 2008 2016 George Washington University
Buddy Caldwell Louisiana Rep 2008 2016 Tulane University
Janet T. Mills Maine Dem 2011 Elected by the Legislature University of Maine
Doug Gansler Maryland Dem 2007 2015 University of Virginia
Martha Coakley Massachusetts Dem 2007 2015 Boston University
Bill Schuette Michigan Rep 2011 2015 University of San Francisco
Lori Swanson Minnesota DFL 2007 2015 William Mitchell College
Jim Hood Mississippi Dem 2004 2016 University of Mississippi
Chris Koster Missouri Dem 2009 2017 University of Missouri
Tim Fox Montana Rep 2013 2017 University of Montana
Jon Bruning Nebraska Rep 2002 2015 University of Nebraska
Catherine Cortez Masto Nevada Dem 2007 2015 Gonzaga University
Joseph Foster New Hampshire Dem 2013 2017 (Appointed by Governor) George Washington University
John Jay Hoffman (Acting) New Jersey Rep 2013 Appointed by Governor Duke University
Gary King New Mexico Dem 2007 2015 University of New Mexico
Eric Schneiderman New York Dem 2011 2015 Harvard University
Roy A. Cooper North Carolina Dem 2001 2017 University of North Carolina
Wayne Stenehjem North Dakota Rep 2001 2015 University of North Dakota
Mike DeWine Ohio Rep 2011 2015 Ohio Northern University
Scott Pruitt Oklahoma Rep 2011 2015 University of Tulsa
Ellen Rosenblum Oregon Dem 2012 2017 University of Oregon
Kathleen Kane Pennsylvania Dem 2013 2017 Temple University
Peter Kilmartin Rhode Island Dem 2011 2015 Roger Williams University
Alan Wilson South Carolina Rep 2011 2015 University of South Carolina
Marty Jackley South Dakota Rep 2009 2015 University of South Dakota
Robert E. Cooper, Jr. Tennessee Dem 2006 2014 (appointed by TN Supreme Court) Yale Law School
Greg Abbott Texas Rep 2002 2015 Vanderbilt University
John Swallow Utah Rep 2013 2017 J. Reuben Clark Law School
William Sorrell Vermont Dem 1997 2015 Cornell University
Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Rep 2010 2014 George Mason University
Bob Ferguson Washington Dem 2013 2016 New York University
Patrick Morrisey West Virginia Rep 2013 2016 Rutgers University
J. B. Van Hollen Wisconsin Rep 2007 2015 University of Wisconsin
Peter K. Michael Wyoming Rep 2013 Appointed by Governor Yale University
Current Attorney General Territory Party Took office Term expires Law School
Afoa Moega Lutu American Samoa Democratic 2013 Appointed by Governor Valparaiso University
Irvin B. Nathan District of Columbia Democratic 2011 Appointed by Mayor Columbia University
Leonardo Rapadas Guam Nonpartisan 2011 2015 Willamette University
Joey San Nicolas Northern Marianas Islands Republican 2012 Appointed by Governor William Mitchell College of Law
Guillermo Somoza Puerto Rico New Progressive 2010 Appointed by Governor Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Vincent Frazer Virgin Islands Democratic 2006 Appointed by Governor Howard University


External links

  • Listing of official State Attorney General websites

Template:U.S. state cabinets

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