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The Attorney General of Alabama is an elected, constitutional officer of the State of Alabama. The office of the Attorney General is located at the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. Henry Hitchcock was elected Alabama's first attorney general in 1819.

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Duties

As is common in many states, the Attorney General is the chief lawyer of the state. He is called upon as the chief defender of the laws of Alabama, the lawyer for state officials and represents the state in all matters brought before a court of law or tribunal. The Attorney General (AG) also provides advisory opinions to local and state governments when questions arise about the constitutionality of proposed laws and regulations. It is the task of the AG to represent the state when questions arise concerning various criminal sentences including the death penalty.

From time to time the AG may begin legal proceedings on behalf of the state or on behalf of consumers damaged by illegal or bad faith commercial transactions.

Organization

18 divisions comprise the Attorney General's office including a Violent Crimes Division, a Public Corruption Division and Consumer Affairs Division.

List of Attorneys General of Alabama

The current Alabama Attorney General is Troy King. Previously William H. Pryor, Jr. served until nominated for a Federal judgeship. Jeff Sessions held the seat from 1995-1997 when he was elected to the United States Senate. Other well known Alabamians holding the AG position included former Governor Don Siegelman, Charles Graddick and former Governor John Patterson.

# Name Took office Left office Party
1 Henry Hitchcock 1819 1823
2 Thomas White 1823 1825
3 Constantine Perkins 1825 1832
4 Peter Martin 1832 1836
5 Alexander Meek 1836 1836
6 John D. Phelan 1836 1838
7 Lincoln Clark 1838 1839
8 Matthew W. Lindsay 1839 1843
9 Thomas D. Clarke 1843 1847
10 William H. Martin 1847 1847
11 Marion A. Baldwin 1847 1865
12 John W. A. Sanford 1865 1868
13 Benjamin Gardner 1868 1870
14 John W. A. Sanford 1870 1872
15 Henry Tompkins 1878 1884
16 Thomas McClellan 1884 1889
17 William L. Martin 1889 1894
18 William C. Fitts 1894 1898
19 Charles G. Brown 1898 1903
20 Massey Wilson 1903 1907
21 Alexander M. Garber 1907 1911 Democrat
22 Robert Brickell 1911 1915 Democrat
23 William Logan Martin 1915 1918
24 F. Lloyd Tate 1918 1918
25 Emmet S. Thigpen 1918 1919
26 J. Q. Smith 1919 1921 Democrat
27 Harwell G. Davis 1921 1927 Democrat
28 Charlie C. McCall 1927 1931
29 Thomas E. Knight, Jr. 1931 1935 Democrat
30 A. A. Carmichael 1935 1939
31 Thomas S. Lawson 1939 1942
32 William N. McQueen 1943 1945 Democrat
33 William N. McQueen 1945 1947 Democrat
34 A. A. Carmichael 1947 1951
35 S. I. Garrett 1951 1955
36 John Malcolm Patterson 1955 1959 Democrat
37 MacDonald Gallion 1959 1963 Democrat
38 Richmond M. Flowers 1963 1967
39 MacDonald Gallion 1967 1971 Democrat
40 William J. Baxley 1971 1979 Democrat
41 Charles A. Graddick 1979 1987 Democrat
42 Don Siegelman 1987 1991 Democrat
43 Jimmy Evans 1991 1995
44 Jeff Sessions 1995 1997 Republican
45 Bill Pryor 1997 2004 Republican
46 Troy King 2004 n/a Republican

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The Attorney General of Alabama is an elected, constitutional officer of the State of Alabama. The office of the Attorney General is located at the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. Henry Hitchcock was elected Alabama's first attorney general in 1819.

Contents

Duties

As is common in many states, the Attorney General is the chief lawyer of the state. He is called upon as the chief defender of the laws of Alabama, the lawyer for state officials and represents the state in all matters brought before a court of law or tribunal. The Attorney General (AG) also provides advisory opinions to local and state governments when questions arise about the constitutionality of proposed laws and regulations. It is the task of the AG to represent the state when questions arise concerning various criminal sentences including the death penalty.

From time to time the AG may begin legal proceedings on behalf of the state or on behalf of consumers damaged by illegal or bad faith commercial transactions.

Organization

Eighteen divisions comprise the Attorney General's office including a Violent Crimes Division, a Public Corruption Division and Consumer Affairs Division.

List of Attorneys General of Alabama

#NameTook officeLeft officeParty
1 Henry Hitchcock 1819 1823
2 Thomas White 1823 1825
3 Constantine Perkins 1825 1832
4 Peter Martin 1832 1836
5 Alexander Meek 1836 1836
6 John D. Phelan 1836 1838
7 Lincoln Clark 1838 1839
8 Matthew W. Lindsay 1839 1843
9 Thomas D. Clarke 1843 1847
10 William H. Martin 1847 1847
11 Marion A. Baldwin 1847 1865
12 John W. A. Sanford 1865 1868
13 Benjamin Gardner 1868 1870
14 John W. A. Sanford 1870 1872
15 Henry Tompkins 1878 1884
16 Thomas McClellan 1884 1889
17 William L. Martin 1889 1894
18 William C. Fitts 1894 1898
19 Charles G. Brown 1898 1903
20 Massey Wilson 1903 1907
21 Alexander M. Garber 1907 1911 Democrat
22 Robert Brickell 1911 1915 Democrat
23 William Logan Martin 1915 1918
24 F. Lloyd Tate 1918 1918
25 Emmet S. Thigpen 1918 1919
26 J. Q. Smith 1919 1921 Democrat
27 Harwell G. Davis 1921 1927 Democrat
28 Charlie C. McCall 1927 1931
29 Thomas E. Knight, Jr. 1931 1935 Democrat
30 A. A. Carmichael 1935 1939
31 Thomas S. Lawson 1939 1942
32 William N. McQueen 1943 1945 Democrat
33 William N. McQueen 1945 1947 Democrat
34 A. A. Carmichael 1947 1951
35 S. I. Garrett 1951 1955
36 John Malcolm Patterson 1955 1959 Democrat
37 MacDonald Gallion 1959 1963 Democrat
38 Richmond Flowers 1963 1967
39 MacDonald Gallion 1967 1971 Democrat
40 William J. Baxley 1971 1979 Democrat
41 Charles A. Graddick 1979 1987 Democrat
42 Don Siegelman 1987 1991 Democrat
43 Jimmy Evans 1991 1995
44 Jeff Sessions 1995 1997 Republican
45 Bill Pryor 1997 2004 Republican
46 Troy King 2004 n/a Republican

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