Florida Attorney General

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Attorney General of Florida
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Seal of the Attorney General of Florida
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Ashley Moody

since January 8, 2019
Department of Legal Affairs
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderJoseph Branch

The Florida attorney general is an elected cabinet official in the U.S. state of Florida. The attorney general serves as the chief legal officer of the state and is head of the Florida Department of Legal Affairs.

The office is one of Florida's three elected state cabinet posts, along with the chief financial officer and agriculture commissioner. The current attorney general is Republican Ashley Moody, who took office on January 8, 2019.

Election and terms of office[edit]

As with the other two cabinet posts and the office of lieutenant governor, there is a limit of two four-year terms for the attorney general.[1] The governor of Florida is restricted to two consecutive terms, with no lifetime limit on the number of terms he or she may serve.

The attorney general appoints the Florida solicitor general who serves at his or her pleasure. The current solicitor is Amit Agarwal.[2]

In the event that the offices of the governor of Florida and lieutenant governor of Florida are vacated, the attorney general then becomes governor.[3]

Removal from office[edit]

The Florida attorney general can be impeached for committing a "misdemeanor in office" by the State Legislature, and convicted and thereby removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the State Senate.

Office holders[edit]

Attorneys General by party affiliation
Party Attorneys General
Democratic 27
Republican 10
Whig 1
# Name Term of Service Political Party
1 Joseph Branch 1845–1846 Democratic
2 Augustus Maxwell 1846–1848 Democratic
3 James T. Archer 1848 Democratic
4 David P. Hogue 1848–1853 Whig
5 Mariano D. Papy 1853–1861 Democratic
6 John B. Galbraith 1861–1868 Democratic
7 James Westcott III 1868 Democratic
8 A. R. Meek 1868–1870 Republican
9 Sherman Conant 1870–1871 Republican
10 J. B. C. Drew 1871–1872 Republican
11 Horatio Bisbee Jr. 1872 Republican
12 J. P. C. Emmons 1872–1873 Republican
13 William A. Cocke 1873–1877 Democratic
14 George P. Raney 1877–1885 Democratic
15 Charles Merian Cooper 1885–1889 Democratic
16 William Bailey Lamar 1889–1903 Democratic
17 James B. Whitfield 1903–1904 Democratic
18 W. H. Ellis 1904–1909 Democratic
19 Park Trammell 1909–1913 Democratic
20 Thomas F. West 1913–1917 Democratic
21 Van C. Swearingen 1917–1921 Democratic
22 Rivers Buford 1921–1925 Democratic
23 J. B. Johnson 1925–1927 Democratic
24 Fred Henry Davis 1927–1931 Democratic
25 Cary D. Landis 1931–1938 Democratic
26 George Couper Gibbs 1938–1941 Democratic
27 J. Thomas Watson 1941–1949 Democratic
28 Richard Ervin 1949–1964 Democratic
29 James W. Kynes 1964–1965 Democratic
30 Earl Faircloth 1965–1971 Democratic
31 Robert L. Shevin 1971–1979 Democratic
32 James C. Smith 1979–1987 Democratic
33 Bob Butterworth 1987–2002 Democratic
34 Richard E. Doran 2002–2003 Republican
35 Charlie Crist 2003–2007 Republican
36 Bill McCollum 2007–2011 Republican
37 Pam Bondi 2011–2019 Republican
38 Ashley Moody 2019–present Republican

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fla. Const. art. VI, § 4
  2. ^ http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/942E87D800A2B1FB85257FCE0053F393
  3. ^ "Succession to Positions of Governor and Lieutenant Governor". National Conference of State Legislatures. Retrieved 14 March 2013.

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