Everything You Need to Know About Attorney Generals
Since Inauguration Day, the position of the United States Attorney General has been a rotating door. Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch held the position up until Inauguration Day, then Sally Yates came in as Acting Attorney General until President Trump made his formal pick. Yates was fired 10 days into the new administration for insubordination and was replaced with Acting Attorney General Dana Boente. This was only until Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for the position, got approved by the full Senate.
There are two types of attorney generals: One for each of the 50 U.S. states and territories and one for the overarching national government.
- State attorney generals have the authority to issue formal opinions to state agencies
- State attorney generals act as public advocates for issues such as child support enforcement, consumer protections, and antitrust and utility regulation
- State attorney generals can propose state legislation
- State attorney generals can enforce federal and state environmental laws
- State attorney generals represent the state and state agencies before the state and federal courts
- Enforcing federal laws and examines alleged violations of federal laws
- Provide legal counsel in federal cases
- Interprets the laws that govern executive departments
- Heads federal jails
- Gives advice to the president and heads of the executive departments when needed