California Attorney General

head of the California Department of Justice

The California Attorney General is the State Attorney General of California. The officer's duty is to ensure that the laws of the state are enforced.[1] The Attorney General does their job through the California Department of Justice.

Attorney General of California
Seal of California.svg
California State Seal
=
Incumbent
Rob Bonta

since April 23, 2021
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, two term limit
Inaugural holderEdward J. C. Kewen
1849
FormationCalifornia Constitution
WebsiteOffice of the Attorney General

The Attorney General is elected to a four-year term, with a maximum of two terms. The election is held at the same statewide election as the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Controller, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Insurance Commissioner.

The current acting Attorney General is Matt Rodriguez.

List of attorneys general of CaliforniaEdit

# Name Took Office Left Office Party
1 Edward J. C. Kewen 1849 1850 Democratic
2 James A. McDougall 1850 1851 Democratic
3 S. Clinton Hastings 1852 1854 Democratic
4 William M. Stewart
Acting
1854 1854 Democratic
5 John R. McConnell 1854 1856 Democratic
6 William T. Wallace 1856 1858 American
7 Thomas H. Williams 1858 1862 Democratic
8 Frank M. Pixley 1862 1863 Republican
9 John G. McCullough 1863 1867 Union
10 Jo Hamilton 1867 1871 Democratic
11 John Lord Love 1871 1875 Republican
12 Jo Hamilton 1875 1880 Democratic
13 Augustus L. Hart 1880 1883 Republican
14 Edward C. Marshall 1883 1887 Democratic
15 George A. Johnson 1887 1891 Democratic
16 William H. H. Hart 1891 1895 Republican
17 William F. Fitzgerald 1895 1899 Republican
18 Tirey L. Ford 1899 1902 Republican
19 Ulysses S. Webb 1902 1939 Republican
20 Earl Warren 1939 1943 Republican
21 Robert W. Kenny 1943 1947 Democratic
22 Frederick N. Howser 1947 1951 Republican
23 Pat Brown 1951 1959 Democratic
24 Stanley Mosk 1959 1964 Democratic
25 Thomas C. Lynch 1964 1971 Democratic
26 Evelle J. Younger 1971 1979 Republican
27 George Deukmejian 1979 1983 Republican
28 John Van de Kamp 1983 1991 Democratic
29 Dan Lungren 1991 1999 Republican
30 Bill Lockyer 1999 2007 Democratic
31 Jerry Brown 2007 2011 Democratic
32 Kamala Harris 2011 2017 Democratic
33 Xavier Becerra 2017 2021 Democratic
34 Rob Bonta 2021 Democratic

ReferencesEdit

  1. California Constitution, Article V, Section 13.