The Info List - United States Attorney General

The United States Attorney
United States Attorney
General (A.G.) is the head of the United States Department of Justice per 28 U.S.C. § 503, concerned with all legal affairs, and is the chief lawyer of the United States government. In cases of the federal death penalty, the power to seek the death penalty rests with the Attorney General. Under Article II Sec. 2 of the Constitution the Attorney General is nominated by the President and appointed with the advice and consent of Congress. The Constitution is clear that the Attorney General may be impeached by Congress. As to whether the Attorney General may be summarily removed by the President, no provision of the Constitution grants this power. The decisional law suggests that the President has the power to remove an official engaged in purely executive functions or an official whose duties immediately affect the President's ability to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities, Bowsher v. Synar (1986), but provides little or no guidance as to whether the office of Attorney General falls within these general guidelines.


1 History 2 Presidential transition 3 List of Attorneys General 4 Living former U.S. Attorneys General 5 Line of succession 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] See also: United States Department of Justice
United States Department of Justice
§ History Congress passed the Judiciary Act of 1789
Judiciary Act of 1789
which, besides other things, established the Office of the Attorney General. The original duties of this officer were "to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his or her advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the President of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments."[3] The Department of Justice was established in 1870 to support the Attorney General in the discharge of their responsibilities. The Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Defense are generally regarded as the four most important cabinet officials in the United States because of the importance and age of their respective departments.[4] Presidential transition[edit] It is the practice for the Attorney General, along with many other public officials, to give resignation with effect on the Inauguration Day (January 20) of a new President. The Deputy Attorney General, who is also required to tender their resignation, is commonly requested to stay on and act as Attorney General pending the confirmation by the Senate of the new Attorney General. For example, on the inauguration of President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
on January, 20, 2017, the tenure of the then Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch
was brought to an end, and the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who had also tendered her resignation, was asked to stay on and be Acting Attorney General until the confirmation of the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been nominated for the office in November 2016 by then-President-elect Donald Trump. However, Yates was dismissed by Trump on January 30, 2017[5][6] before Sessions had been confirmed. Dana Boente
Dana Boente
automatically succeeded Yates as Acting Attorney General as the next available successor in the line of succession. Boente, who was the United States Attorney
United States Attorney
for the Eastern District of Virginia,[7] was the most senior Justice Department official whose resignation had not been accepted by Trump.[8][9] When Sessions was confirmed and sworn in as Attorney General on February 9, 2017, Boente became Acting Deputy Attorney General.[10][11] On March 10, 2017, Sessions oversaw the firing of 46 United States Attorneys, leaving only his acting Deputy Dana Boente
Dana Boente
and nominated Deputy Rod Rosenstein in place.[12] Rosenstein's appointment was subject to Senate confirmation. Rosenstein was confirmed on April 25, 2017 and became Deputy Attorney General on April 26, 2017, and Boente reverted to his permanent position. As of May 12, 2017, 205 of the 207 senior Justice Department positions subject to presidential appointment were still awaiting nomination and then confirmation.[13] Hearings by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary of four presidential nominees are still to take place. Deputy United States Attorneys, who are career officials, were left in an acting capacity for the Attorneys.[12] List of Attorneys General[edit]


  No party (1)   Federalist (3)   Democratic-Republican (5)   Democratic (34)   Whig (4)   Republican (38)


  Denotes service as acting Attorneys General prior to appointment or after resignation

No. Portrait Name State of Residence Took office Left office President(s)


Edmund Randolph Virginia September 26, 1789 January 26, 1794

George Washington


William Bradford Pennsylvania January 27, 1794 August 23, 1795


Charles Lee Virginia December 10, 1795 February 19, 1801

John Adams


Levi Lincoln Sr. Massachusetts March 5, 1801 March 2, 1805

Thomas Jefferson


John Breckinridge Kentucky August 7, 1805 December 14, 1806


Caesar A. Rodney Delaware January 20, 1807 December 10, 1811

James Madison


William Pinkney Maryland December 11, 1811 February 9, 1814


Richard Rush Pennsylvania February 10, 1814 November 12, 1817


William Wirt Virginia November 13, 1817 March 4, 1829

James Monroe

John Quincy Adams


John M. Berrien Georgia March 9, 1829 July 19, 1831

Andrew Jackson


Roger B. Taney Maryland July 20, 1831 November 14, 1833


Benjamin Franklin Butler New York November 15, 1833 July 4, 1838

Martin Van Buren


Felix Grundy Tennessee July 5, 1838 January 10, 1840


Henry D. Gilpin Pennsylvania January 11, 1840 March 4, 1841


John J. Crittenden Kentucky March 5, 1841 September 12, 1841

William Henry Harrison

John Tyler


Hugh Swinton Legaré South Carolina September 13, 1841 June 30, 1843


John Nelson Maryland July 1, 1843 March 4, 1845


John Y. Mason Virginia March 5, 1845 October 16, 1846

James K. Polk


Nathan Clifford Maine October 17, 1846 March 17, 1848


Isaac Toucey Connecticut June 21, 1848 March 4, 1849


Reverdy Johnson Maryland March 8, 1849 July 21, 1850

Zachary Taylor


John J. Crittenden Kentucky July 22, 1850 March 4, 1853

Millard Fillmore


Caleb Cushing Massachusetts March 7, 1853 March 4, 1857

Franklin Pierce


Jeremiah S. Black Pennsylvania March 6, 1857 December 16, 1860

James Buchanan


Edwin M. Stanton Pennsylvania December 20, 1860 March 4, 1861


Edward Bates Missouri March 5, 1861 November 24, 1864

Abraham Lincoln


James Speed Kentucky December 2, 1864 July 22, 1866

Andrew Johnson


Henry Stanbery Ohio July 23, 1866 July 16, 1868


William M. Evarts New York July 17, 1868 March 4, 1869


Ebenezer R. Hoar Massachusetts March 5, 1869 November 22, 1870

Ulysses S. Grant


Amos T. Akerman Georgia November 23, 1870 December 13, 1871


George Henry Williams Oregon December 14, 1871 April 25, 1875


Edwards Pierrepont New York April 26, 1875 May 21, 1876


Alphonso Taft Vermont May 22, 1876 March 4, 1877


Charles Devens Massachusetts March 12, 1877 March 4, 1881

Rutherford B. Hayes


Wayne MacVeagh Pennsylvania March 5, 1881 December 15, 1881

James A. Garfield

Chester A. Arthur


Benjamin H. Brewster Pennsylvania December 16, 1881 March 4, 1885


Augustus H. Garland Arkansas March 6, 1885 March 4, 1889

Grover Cleveland


William H. H. Miller Indiana March 7, 1889 March 4, 1893

Benjamin Harrison


Richard Olney Massachusetts March 6, 1893 April 7, 1895

Grover Cleveland


Judson Harmon Ohio April 8, 1895 March 4, 1897


Joseph McKenna California March 5, 1897 January 25, 1898

William McKinley


John W. Griggs New Jersey January 25, 1898 March 29, 1901


Philander C. Knox Pennsylvania April 5, 1901 June 30, 1904

Theodore Roosevelt


William H. Moody Massachusetts July 1, 1904 December 17, 1906


Charles J. Bonaparte Maryland December 17, 1906 March 4, 1909


George W. Wickersham New York March 4, 1909 March 4, 1913

William Howard Taft


James C. McReynolds Tennessee March 5, 1913 August 29, 1914

Woodrow Wilson


Thomas Watt Gregory Texas August 29, 1914 March 4, 1919


Alexander Mitchell Palmer Pennsylvania March 5, 1919 March 4, 1921


Harry M. Daugherty Ohio March 4, 1921 April 6, 1924

Warren G. Harding

Calvin Coolidge


Harlan F. Stone New York April 7, 1924 March 1, 1925


John G. Sargent Vermont March 7, 1925 March 4, 1929


William D. Mitchell Minnesota March 4, 1929 March 4, 1933

Herbert Hoover


Homer Stille Cummings Connecticut March 4, 1933 January 1, 1939

Franklin D. Roosevelt


Frank Murphy Michigan January 2, 1939 January 18, 1940


Robert H. Jackson New York January 18, 1940 August 25, 1941


Francis Biddle Pennsylvania August 26, 1941 June 26, 1945

Harry S. Truman


Tom C. Clark Texas June 27, 1945 July 26, 1949


J. Howard McGrath Rhode Island July 27, 1949 April 3, 1952


James P. McGranery Pennsylvania April 4, 1952 January 20, 1953


Herbert Brownell Jr. New York January 21, 1953 October 23, 1957

Dwight D. Eisenhower


William P. Rogers Maryland October 23, 1957 January 20, 1961


Robert F. Kennedy Massachusetts January 20, 1961 September 3, 1964

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson


Nicholas Katzenbach Illinois September 4, 1964[1] January 28, 1965

January 28, 1965 November 28, 1966


Ramsey Clark Texas November 28, 1966[1] March 10, 1967

March 10, 1967 January 20, 1969


John N. Mitchell New York January 20, 1969 February 15, 1972

Richard Nixon


Richard Kleindienst Arizona February 15, 1972 May 25, 1973


Elliot Richardson Massachusetts May 25, 1973 October 20, 1973

Robert Bork[3] Acting Pennsylvania October 20, 1973 January 4, 1974


William B. Saxbe Ohio January 4, 1974 January 14, 1975

Gerald Ford


Edward H. Levi Illinois January 14, 1975 January 20, 1977

Dick Thornburgh[2] Acting Pennsylvania January 20, 1977 January 26, 1977

Jimmy Carter


Griffin Bell Georgia January 26, 1977 August 16, 1979


Benjamin Civiletti Maryland August 16, 1979 January 19, 1981


William French Smith California January 23, 1981 February 25, 1985

Ronald Reagan


Edwin Meese California February 25, 1985 August 12, 1988


Dick Thornburgh Pennsylvania August 12, 1988 August 15, 1991

George H. W. Bush


William P. Barr New York August 16, 1991[1] November 26, 1991

November 26, 1991 January 20, 1993

Stuart M. Gerson[4] Acting Washington, D.C. January 20, 1993 March 12, 1993

Bill Clinton


Janet Reno Florida March 12, 1993 January 20, 2001

Eric Holder[2] Acting Washington, D.C. January 20, 2001 February 2, 2001

George W. Bush


John Ashcroft Missouri February 2, 2001 February 3, 2005


Alberto Gonzales Texas February 3, 2005 September 17, 2007

Paul Clement[5] Acting Washington, D.C. September 17, 2007 September 18, 2007

Peter Keisler[5] Acting Washington, D.C. September 18, 2007 November 9, 2007


Michael Mukasey New York November 9, 2007 January 20, 2009

Mark Filip[6] Acting Illinois January 20, 2009 February 3, 2009

Barack Obama


Eric Holder Washington, D.C. February 3, 2009 April 27, 2015


Loretta Lynch New York April 27, 2015 January 20, 2017

Sally Yates Acting Georgia January 20, 2017 January 30, 2017

Donald Trump

Dana Boente Acting Virginia January 30, 2017 February 9, 2017


Jeff Sessions Alabama February 9, 2017 Incumbent

Living former U.S. Attorneys General[edit] As of April 2018, there are eleven, living former US Attorneys General, the oldest being Ramsey Clark
Ramsey Clark
(served 1967–1969, born 1927). The most recent Attorney General to die was Janet Reno
Janet Reno
(served 1993–2001, born 1938) on November 7, 2016.

Name Term of office Date of birth (and age)

Ramsey Clark 1967–1969 (1927-12-18) December 18, 1927 (age 90)

Benjamin Civiletti 1979–1981 (1935-07-17) July 17, 1935 (age 82)

Edwin Meese 1985–1988 (1931-12-02) December 2, 1931 (age 86)

Dick Thornburgh 1988–1991 (1932-07-16) July 16, 1932 (age 85)

William P. Barr 1991–1993 (1950-05-23) May 23, 1950 (age 67)

John Ashcroft 2001–2005 (1942-05-09) May 9, 1942 (age 75)

Alberto Gonzales 2005–2007 (1955-08-04) August 4, 1955 (age 62)

Michael Mukasey 2007–2009 (1941-07-28) July 28, 1941 (age 76)

Eric Holder 2009–2015 (1951-01-21) January 21, 1951 (age 67)

Loretta Lynch 2015–2017 (1959-05-21) May 21, 1959 (age 58)

Line of succession[edit] On February 9, 2017, President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
signed an Executive Order which modified the line of succession for the Attorney General.[14] Under Executive Order 13762 signed by President Obama on January 13, 2017, before leaving office, the line of succession was:[15]

United States Deputy Attorney General United States Associate Attorney General Other Officers potentially designated by the Attorney General (in no particular order):

Solicitor General of the United States Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division Assistant Attorney General, Justice Management Division Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legislative Affairs

United States Attorney
United States Attorney
for the Eastern District of Virginia United States Attorney
United States Attorney
for the Eastern District of North Carolina United States Attorney
United States Attorney
for the Northern District of Texas[16]

See also[edit]

Government of the United States
Government of the United States
portal Law portal

Subpoena duces tecum Subpoena ad testificandum United States Deputy Attorney General United States Associate Attorney General United States Assistant Attorney General United States Solicitor General List of living former members of the United States Cabinet Executive Order 13557 for "Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice"


1 Nicholas Katzenbach
Nicholas Katzenbach
(1964–1965), Ramsey Clark
Ramsey Clark
(1966–1967) and William P. Barr
William P. Barr
(1991) served as acting attorney general in their capacity as deputy attorney general, until their own appointment as attorney general. 2 Richard L. Thornburgh (1977) and Eric Holder
Eric Holder
(2001) served as acting attorney general in their capacity as deputy attorney general, until the appointment of a new attorney general. Both subsequently served as attorney general, Thornburgh 1988–1991 and Holder 2009–2015. 3 On October 20, 1973, Solicitor General Robert Bork
Robert Bork
became acting attorney general following the "Saturday Night Massacre", in which U.S. Attorney General
U.S. Attorney General
Elliot Richardson
Elliot Richardson
and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus
William Ruckelshaus
both resigned. 4 Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Civil Division Stuart M. Gerson was acting attorney general from January 20, 1993, to March 12, 1993.[17][18] Gerson was fourth in the line of succession at the Justice Department (other senior DOJ officials had already resigned).[19] During his time as Acting AG, Gerson supported the Brady bill[18] and was in office in the beginnings of the Waco siege.[20] Janet Reno, President Clinton's nominee for attorney general, was confirmed on March 12,[21] and he resigned the same day.[21] Acting Attorney General Gerson's last day at the Justice Department was March 19.[20]

5 On August 27, 2007, President Bush named Solicitor General Paul Clement as the future acting attorney general, to take office upon the resignation of Alberto Gonzales, effective September 17, 2007.[22] According to administration officials, Clement took that office at 12:01 am September 17, 2007, and left office 24 hours later.[23] On September 17, President Bush announced that Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Civil Division Peter Keisler would become acting attorney general, pending a permanent appointment of a presidential nominee.[24][25] Keisler served as acting attorney general until the nomination of Michael Mukasey
Michael Mukasey
on November 9, 2007.

6 Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip
Mark Filip
was asked to assume the position of acting attorney general by then President-elect Obama.[26] Filip led the Department while President Obama's nominee, then Attorney-General Designate Eric Holder, awaited confirmation by the United States Senate.[27][28] Holder was confirmed on February 2, 2009,[29] and sworn in the next day,[30] thus ending Filip's tenure as the acting attorney general.


^ "3 U.S. Code § 19 - Vacancy in offices of both President and Vice President; officers eligible to act".  ^ 5 U.S.C. § 5312. ^ Judiciary Act of 1789, section 35. ^ Cabinets and Counselors: The President and the Executive Branch (1997). Congressional Quarterly. p. 87. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.  ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
Sally Yates
Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.  ^ "Meet the U.S. Attorney: Dana J. Boente". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved February 1, 2016.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain. ^ Lichtblau, Eric; Apuzzo, Matt; Landler, Mark (January 30, 2017). "Trump Fires Acting Attorney General". The New York Times.  ^ "Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
Sally Yates
Refuses to Enforce Trump Refugee EO". Lawfare Blog. January 31, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.  ^ Lichtblau, Eric (February 8, 2017). " Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions
Confirmed as Attorney General, Capping Bitter Battle". The New York Times
The New York Times
Company. Retrieved February 9, 2017.  ^ "Meet the Acting Deputy Attorney General DAG Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. Retrieved February 28, 2017.  ^ a b Charlie Savage; Maggie Haberman
Maggie Haberman
(March 11, 2017). "Trump Abruptly Orders 46 Obama-Era Prosecutors to Resign". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved May 10, 2017.  ^ Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2017, The 205 Open Jobs at Justice ^ "Without fanfare, Trump reverses Obama order on Justice Department succession". USA Today. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.  ^ "Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice". Federal Register. January 21, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.  ^ "Executive Order 13787, Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice" (PDF). Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 64 / Presidential Documents. April 5, 2017.  ^ Cahoon, Ben (2000). "United States Government". World Statesmen. Retrieved December 12, 2008. January 20, 1993 – March 12, 1993 Stuart M. Gerson (acting) (b. 1944)  ^ a b Staff reporter (February 21, 1993). "Stuart Gerson's Parting Shot". New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008. As supporters of the Brady gun-control bill prepare to introduce it in Congress yet again this week, they find a welcome, if unlikely, ally in Stuart Gerson, the Acting Attorney General. Because President Clinton has had so many problems finding a new Attorney General, Mr. Gerson remains in office...  ^ Labaton, Stephen (January 25, 1993). "Notes on Justice; Who's in Charge? Bush Holdover Says He Is, but Two Clinton Men Differ". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008.  ^ a b Scruggs, Richard; Steven Zipperstein; Robert Lyon; Victor Gonzalez; Herbert Cousins; Roderick Beverly (October 8, 1993). "Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas
February 28 to April 19, 1993". Department of Justice. Retrieved January 27, 2010.  ^ a b Ifill, Gwen (March 12, 1993). "Reno Confirmed in Top Justice Job". New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008. She will replace Acting Attorney General Stuart M. Gerson, a holdover appointee from the Bush Administration. Ms. Reno said he resigned today.  ^ Meyers, Steven Lee (August 27, 2007). "Embattled Attorney General Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2007.  ^ Eggen, Dan; Elizabeth Williamson (September 19, 2007). "Democrats May Tie Confirmation to Gonzales Papers". Washington Post. pp. A10. Retrieved September 19, 2007.  ^ "President Bush Announces Judge Michael Mukasey
Michael Mukasey
as Nominee for Attorney General", White House press release, September 17, 2007 ^ "Bush Text on Attorney General Nomination". NewsOK.com. The Oklahoman. The Associated Press. September 17, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2007.  ^ Staff reporter (January 15, 2009). "Obama asks U.S. Attorneys to stay 'for the time being'". CNN Political Ticker. Retrieved January 21, 2009. In addition, Obama's transition team has asked current Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, also a Bush appointee, to serve as Acting Attorney General replacing outgoing Attorney General Michael Mukasey. ) ^ Staff reporter (January 21, 2009). "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation". FOX News. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009. While Holder waits for his confirmation, Bush appointee Mark Filip
Mark Filip
is acting attorney general. A former U.S. District Court judge in Illinois, the native Chicagoan holds a law degree from Harvard and was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Holder was supposed to have faced a confirmation vote on Wednesday, but scheduling conflicts necessitated a delay in the Senate.  ^ "Acting Attorney General Mark Filip." United States Department of Justice. January 20, 2009. (Archived by WebCite at https://www.webcitation.org/5eJ6TAbgg) ^ Staff reporter (February 3, 2009). "Obama attorney-general confirmed". BBC News. Retrieved February 3, 2009. President Barack Obama's choice for attorney-general, Eric Holder, has been confirmed in the post by the US Senate.  ^ Staff (n.d.). "USDOJ: Office of the Attorney General". US Department of Justice. Retrieved February 3, 2009. Alberto Gonzales. was sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States
Attorney General of the United States
on March 22, 2013 by Vice-President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
announced his intention to nominate Mr. Gonzales on December 1, 2012. 

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^ Sullivan serves as the Acting Secretary of State, and is thus ineligible for the presidency. Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
has been formally nominated for the position by Donald Trump. ^ Although Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao
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