The New State Attorneys General: Profiles and Priorities

February.12.2019

In the 2018 midterm elections, 30 states had contested Attorneys General elections, producing the largest class of new state AGs in many years - 18 in all, including new AGs in states where they are appointed rather than elected.

You will find below a table summarizing all the changes. It's one of several charts that are included in the Orrick Public Policy Group's report, "The New State Attorneys General: Profiles and Priorities." The report provides an overview of each new AG's background and a summary of their potential priorities as their states' top legal officers. In addition, the report forecasts increased state AG activity in six major areas, from antitrust enforcement to opioids, cybersecurity, healthcare, consumer finance, and suing (or defending) the Trump Administration.

The report is easy to navigate. Use the bookmarks feature in your PDF app or simply click on the new AG's name in the table of contents. State AGs are more active and influential than ever, and it's crucial to pay attention to who they are and how they're prioritizing their offices' resources. We hope this report will be a useful resource for your colleagues and you.

Table 1 - 2018 Attorney General Races and Nominations

State

Incumbent

Open Seat?

Newly elected or Appointed

Alaska

Jahna Lindemuth (Independent)

No

Kevin Clarkson

Colorado

Cynthia Coffman

Yes

Phil Weiser

Connecticut

George Jepsen

Yes

William Tong

Delaware

Matthew Denn

Yes

Kathy Jennings

Florida

Pam Bondi

Yes

Ashley Moody

Hawaii

Russell Suzuki

No

Clair Connors

Illinois

Lisa Madigan

Yes

Kwame Raoul

Maine

Janet Mills

No

Aaron Frey

Michigan

Bill Schuette

Yes

Dana Nessel

Minnesota

Lori Swanson

Yes

Keith Ellison

Missouri

Josh Hawley

No

Eric Schmitt

Nevada

Adam Laxalt

Yes

Aaron Ford

New York

Barbara Underwood

Yes

Letitia James

Ohio

Mike DeWine

Yes

Dave Yost

Rhode Island

Peter Kilmartin

Yes

Peter Neronha

South Dakota

Marty Jackley

Yes

Jason Ravnsborg

Wisconsin

Brad Schimel

No

Josh Kaul

Wyoming

Peter Michael

No

Bridget Hill