Michigan Attorney General

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Attorney General of the State of Michigan
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Seal of the Attorney General
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Bill Schuette

since January 1, 2011
Michigan Department of Attorney General
Style The Honorable
Residence Private
Appointer Popular Election
Term length 4 Years, Renewable Once
Inaugural holder Daniel LeRoy
Formation 1837
Website www.michigan.gov/ag

The Attorney General of Michigan is the fourth-ranking official in the U.S. state of Michigan and one of four great offices of state. The officeholder is elected statewide in the November general election alongside the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives.

Since the Michigan Constitution of 1963 was adopted, the attorney general has served a term of four years. The officeholder is also limited to two terms, for a total of eight possible years of service; ten possible years of service if the officeholder serves two full terms and less than half of one term as a replacement. Until 1950, the attorney general was appointed by the governor.

Inasmuch as the office of Attorney General has common law powers as the chief law enforcement officer of the State, he may exercise the powers of a peace officer and may appoint special agents having this status to assist him in enforcing his powers and carrying out his functions (AG Opinion No. 5236,10/20/1977).

Michigan law, MCL 14.32, provides that "[i]t shall be the duty of the attorney general, when required, to give his opinion upon all questions of law submitted to him by the legislature, or by either branch thereof, or by the governor, auditor general, treasurer or any other state officer . . . ."

Michigan's current attorney general is Republican Bill Schuette, who was elected in November, 2010, and sworn into office on January 1, 2011.

Courtesy title

The attorney general traditionally receives the courtesy title of The Honorable (abbreviated to Hon. or Hon'ble) for life.

Attorney General In office Political Party
Daniel LeRoy 1836–1837
Peter Morey 1837–1841
Zephaniah Platt 1841–1843
Elon Farnsworth 1843–1845
Henry N. Walker 1845–1847
Edward Mundy 1847–1848
George V. N. Lothrop 1848–1851
William Hale 1851–1855
Jacob M. Howard 1855–1860 Republican
Charles Upson 1861–1863 Republican
Albert Williams 1863–1867
William L. Stoughton 1867–1869 Republican
Dwight May 1869–1873
Byron D. Ball 1873–1874
Isaac Marston 1874–1875
Andrew J. Smith 1875–1877
Otto Kirchner 1877–1881
Jacob J. Van Riper 1881–1885
Moses Taggart 1885–1889
Stephen V. R. Trowbridge 1889–1890
Benjamin W. Huston 1890
Adolphus A. Ellis 1891–1895
Fred A. Maynard 1895–1899
Horace M. Oren 1899–1903
Charles A. Blair 1903–1905
John E. Bird 1905–1910
Franz C. Kuhn 1910–1912 Republican
Roger I. Wykes 1912
Grant Fellows 1913–1917 Republican
Alexander J. Groesbeck 1917–1921 Republican
Merlin Wiley 1921–1923
Andrew B. Dougherty 1923–1926
Clare Retan 1926
William W. Potter 1927–1929
Wilber M. Brucker 1929–1931 Republican
Paul W. Voorhies 1931–1933
Patrick H. O’Brien 1933–1935
Harry S. Toy 1935
David H. Crowley 1935–1937
Raymond Wesley Starr 1937–1939
Thomas Read 1939-1940 Republican
Herbert J. Rushton 1941–1944
John R. Dethmers 1945–1946
Foss O. Eldred 1946 Republican
Eugene F. Black 1947–1949
Stephen John Roth 1949–1951
Frank G. Millard 1951–1955 Republican
Thomas M. Kavanagh 1955–1957 Democratic
Paul L. Adams 1957–1961 Democratic
Frank J. Kelley 1961–1999 Democratic
Jennifer Granholm 1999–2003 Democratic
Mike Cox 2003–2011 Republican
Bill Schuette 2011– Republican
Dana Nessel Elect Democratic

Source: Michigan Manual 2003-2004, Chapter IV, Former Officials of Michigan

External links

  • Michigan Attorney General[permanent dead link] official website
  • Michigan Attorney General articles at Legal Newsline Legal Journal
  • Michigan Attorney General articles at ABA Journal
  • News and Commentary at FindLaw
  • Michigan Compiled Laws at Law.Justia.com
  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinions - "Cases with title containing: State of Michigan" at FindLaw
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette profile at National Association of Attorneys General
  • Press releases at Michigan Attorney General

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