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The Pennsylvania Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It became an elected office in 1980.[1] The current Attorney General of Pennsylvania is Tom Corbett.


Authority and Responsibilities

The Commonwealth Attorneys Act of 1980[2] established the Office of Attorney General as an independent office headed by an elected Attorney General.[3] The office has the responsibility for the prosecution of crime prosecuted by the commonwealth, included organized crime, public corruption, and consumer protection. The Attorney General represents the commonwealth in all actions brought by or against the commonwealth, reviews all proposed rules and regulations by commonwealth agencies.[4]

The Attorney General also serves as a member of the Board of Pardons, the joint Committee on Documents, the Hazardous Substances Transportation Board, the Board of Finance and Revenue, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Civil Disorder Commission and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.

Occupants of Elected Pennsylvania Attorney General Office

Name Attorney General term
LeRoy S. Zimmerman 1981–1989
Ernie Preate 1989–1995
Tom Corbett 1995–1997
Mike Fisher 1997–2004
Jerry Pappert 2004–2005
Tom Corbett 2005–present

See also


  1. ^ Penn. Const. Art. 4, § 4.1
  2. ^ 71 P. S. §732-101
  3. ^ OGC: Commonwealth Attorneys Act
  4. ^ The Office: Attorney General Tom Corbett - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

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