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The Vermont Attorney General is one of five cabinet-level constitutional officers in the U.S. state of Vermont which are elected every two years. It was created by an act of the Vermont General Assembly in 1790, repealed in 1797, and revived in 1904. The office began as a one-person operation located at Windsor, Vermont, the state's first capital. When the position was recreated in 1904 offices were located in the Vermont State House. The office is now headquartered in the Pavilion and is the largest employer of attorneys in the state. William H. Sorrell of Burlington is the current Vermont Attorney General.

The office provides legal counsel for all state agencies and the Vermont General Assembly, the state's legislative branch. It handles civil and criminal cases in all courts of the state for both the trial and appellate levels. It defends the state when it is sued and files suits to enforce Vermont’s criminal, environmental, consumer protection, civil rights and other laws.[1]



The Attorney General is elected every two years at the same time and manner as other statewide elected officials.[2]

List of Vermont Attorneys General

  • 1790-1793 Samuel Hitchcock
  • 1793-1795 Daniel Buck
  • 1795-1797 Vacant
  • 1797-1904 Repealed by the legislature
  • 1904-1908 Clarke C. Fitts, Republican(2)
  • 1908-1912 John G. Sargent, Republican
  • 1912-1915 Rufus E. Brown, Republican
  • 1915-1919 Herbert G. Barber, Republican
  • 1919-1925 Frank C. Archibald, Republican
  • 1925-1931 J. Ward Carver, Republican (appointed after a resignation)
  • 1931-1941 Lawrence C. Jones, Republican
  • 1941-1947 Alban J. Parker, Republican
  • 1947-1953 Clifton G. Parker, Republican
  • 1953-1955 F. Elliott Barber, Jr., Republican
  • 1955-1957 Robert T. Stafford, Republican
  • 1957-1960 Frederick M. Reed, Republican
  • 1960-1962 Thomas M. Debevoise, Republican (appointed after a resignation)
  • 1962-1963 Charles J. Adams (appointed after a resignation)
  • 1963-1965 Charles E. Gibson, Jr., Republican
  • 1965-1967 John P. Connarn, Democrat
  • 1967-1969 James L. Oakes, Republican
  • 1969-1973 James M. Jeffords, Republican
  • 1973-1975 Kimberly B. Cheney, Republican
  • 1975-1981 M. Jerome Diamond, Democrat
  • 1981-1985 John J. Easton, Jr., Republican
  • 1985-1997 Jeffrey L. Amestoy, Republican
  • 1997-current William H. Sorrell, Democrat (appointed after a resignation)


  1. ^ Official site
  2. ^ 3 V.S.A. §151

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