|Job description||Highest legal officer of the state of Texas. Term is four years.|
|Duties||• Represents the state in litigation.
• Defends challenges to state laws, suits against state agencies, and suits against individual state employees.
• Serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government; issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor.
• Prosecutes violations of the law (usually at the request of a local prosecutor).
• Oversees collection of court-ordered child support and administers the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
• Approves all public bond issues.
|Rochelle Mercedes Garza|
|S. “Tbone” Raynor|
Note: no information available; contact Texas Democratic Party, https://www.texasdemocrats.org
|Ken Paxton (incumbent)|
|George P. Bush|
Recent News Articles
- “The Republican race for attorney general will be the weirdest, wildest – and most telling – Texas election in 2022,” Texas Monthly (Feb 2022), lihttps://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/the-republican-race-for-attorney-general-will-be-the-weirdest-wildest-and-most-telling-texas-election-in-2022/ (limited free articles)
- “Democrats running for Texas attorney general say they see opening because of Paxton’s legal trouble,” Dallas Morning News (Dec 20, 2021) https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2021/12/20/democrats-running-for-texas-attorney-general-say-they-see-opening-because-of-paxtons-legal-trouble/ (paywall)
- Republican primary for attorney general heats up, with challengers taking aim at Ken Paxton’s legal troubles,” Texas Tribune (Dec 15, 2021) https://www.texastribune.org/2021/12/15/texas-ken-paxton-republican-primary/