9 minute read | January.09.2023
It was a busy 2022 election year for state Attorneys General (AGs) with races in 31 of the 43 states with elected AGs, including the District of Columbia. The Orrick State Attorney General Team’s election results report provides a readout from the races in 2022, including the more competitive races (see elections preview report from September).
Leading up to the election, there were 27 Republican AGs and 24 Democratic AGs. This year, we witnessed elections in 14 states with Republican AGs and 17 states with Democratic AGs, a combined total of 31 states. As previously reported, the states that were “in play” (toss-up, lean Democratic, or lean Republican) included: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, and Wisconsin. Those 9 states had 6 Democratic and 3 Republican AGs among them. The only race which flipped control of an AG office was in Iowa, where Republican Brenna Bird defeated incumbent Democrat Tom Miller. The race in Arizona – where Republican AG Brnovich was term limited -- headed to an automatic recount. On December 29, 2022, Judge Timothy Thomason confirmed that Democrat Kris Mayes won the race by a 280-vote margin.
In January 2023, 17 Democratic AGs and 14 Republican AGs have been or will be sworn in. This includes new AGs in Missouri and Hawaii and an acting Attorney General in Pennsylvania, where AG Shapiro was elected Governor. First Deputy Michelle Henry will begin serving as acting Attorney General on January 17, when Gov. Shapiro is sworn in. In Missouri, AG Schmitt was elected to the U.S. Senate, and Gov. Parson has nominated Andrew Bailey to fill the AG seat. Bailey was officially confirmed and sworn in as Missouri’s 44th attorney general on January 3. Lastly, in Hawaii, Governor Green announced that health care executive Anne Lopez will succeed appointed AG Holly Shikada whose term expired in December 2022.
Following the outcome in Arizona and as a result of Pennsylvania’s First Deputy (a former Republican county district attorney) becoming the acting AG there, there will be 28 Republican AGs and 23 Democratic AGs (including Washington, D.C.) in 2023.