Tribpedia: Attorney General's Office

The Texas Office of the Attorney General was first established by executive ordinance in 1836, according to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association.

The first four attorneys general were appointed by the governor. Subsequent attorneys general have been elected by voters statewide.

The attorney general is the chief legal officer of the state ...

Texas vs. the Feds: A Look at the Lawsuits

With Attorney General Ken Paxton suing the Environmental Protection Agency this month over industrial plant pollution regulations, Texas has now filed 34 suits against the Obama administration since 2009. Here's a look at each of those lawsuits, including a summary of where things stand with each case.

Attorney General Ken Paxton (left) and Gov. Greg Abbott.
Attorney General Ken Paxton (left) and Gov. Greg Abbott.

Upgrade of AG's Child Support System Facing Problems

Started during Greg Abbott's tenure as attorney general, a project to upgrade the technology for the state’s antiquated child support enforcement system is years behind schedule. The AG's office, now under the leadership of Ken Paxton, is hoping to restructure the project, whose price tag has grown by $70 million.

State Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general, celebrated his GOP primary win with supporters on May 27, 2014.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general, celebrated his GOP primary win with supporters on May 27, 2014.

Collin DA Asks Texas Rangers to Probe Paxton Case

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis has asked the Texas Rangers to look into Attorney General Ken Paxton's violation of state securities law, Willis' office said Thursday. The move comes amid swirling questions around how Collin County prosecutors would handle the case, given the fact that Willis is a friend and business associate of Paxton's.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals building in New Orleans

Appeals Judges Grill Lawyers Over Abortion Law

As they weigh the constitutionality of a Texas abortion law, federal appeals court judges on Wednesday challenged arguments presented by the state and abortion providers during more than an hour of tough questioning. The main issue in question is a provision that requires abortion facilities to meet hospital-like standards. 

Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott introduces Daniel Hodge as interim chief of staff who will oversee the transition team from a Perry administration to an Abbott shop.
Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott introduces Daniel Hodge as interim chief of staff who will oversee the transition team from a Perry administration to an Abbott shop.

Still at Abbott's Side, Hodge Readies for a New Role

Little known outside the halls of Texas government, Daniel Hodge, 36, has spent his entire professional career working for Greg Abbott. In so doing, he has become one of state government's more powerful behind-the-scenes figures. That's only becoming more true: He's expected to serve a key role in the incoming governor's administration.

State Sen. Ken Paxton celebrated with supporters after winning the Republican primary runoff for Texas attorney general on May 27, 2014.
State Sen. Ken Paxton celebrated with supporters after winning the Republican primary runoff for Texas attorney general on May 27, 2014.

Sources: Roy Tops AG-Elect Paxton's Hiring List

Chip Roy, who has worked for several of the state's top elected officials and currently works in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's political office, is the leading candidate to be first assistant to Attorney General-elect Ken Paxton. The first assistant manages day-to-day operations in the AG's office, overseeing lawyers and other employees for the AG.

Sam Houston, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, in Houston on Oct. 7, 2014. Despite his GOP opponent's ethical troubles, Houston faces long odds and is struggling to draw attention.
Sam Houston, the Democratic nominee for Texas attorney general, in Houston on Oct. 7, 2014. Despite his GOP opponent's ethical troubles, Houston faces long odds and is struggling to draw attention.

A Day in the Life of Sam Houston

With little money and swimming against the conservative tide, Democrat Sam Houston acknowledges he has little choice but to campaign for attorney general "the old fashioned way" — on the cheap, and largely from the front seat of his Toyota Prius. Despite the ethical troubles of his Republican opponent, Houston faces a steep climb. 

An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.
An abortion procedure room at the Whole Woman's Health ambulatory surgical center in San Antonio.

Arguments Wrap Up in Trial Over Abortion Restrictions

UPDATED: Attorneys in the trial over ambulatory surgical center requirements for abortion facilities wrapped up their closing arguments Wednesday morning. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said he would issue a ruling "as quickly" as possible, though an exact date wasn't given. 

 

GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general Dan Patrick (l.) and Ken Paxton.
GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general Dan Patrick (l.) and Ken Paxton.

GOP Lawmakers Make Case for Upholding Gay Marriage Ban

UPDATED: Removing Texas' same-sex marriage ban could clear the way for bigamy, pedophilia and incest, according to a federal brief signed by 63 Texas Republican lawmakers including the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. 

 

Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend and her two sons.
Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend and her two sons.

Ruling Goes Against Death Row Inmate Skinner

A district court judge ruled against death row inmate Hank Skinner on Tuesday in the wake of new DNA testing in his case, saying it was “reasonably probable” he would still have been convicted had the evidence been available at his trial.

Aaron Leigh Johnson-Horton, founder of The Mesh Warrior Foundation, prepares gifts to mail to women with complications from a mesh implant at her home in Dallas, Texas on July 8, 2014.
Aaron Leigh Johnson-Horton, founder of The Mesh Warrior Foundation, prepares gifts to mail to women with complications from a mesh implant at her home in Dallas, Texas on July 8, 2014.

Women Want State’s Help in Pelvic Mesh Fight

While thousands of women across the country are engaged in lawsuits against manufacturers of pelvic mesh implants, a Texas group is trying to get the state to take action against a company that makes the medical devices. The AG's office is investigating. 

Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the  2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas,  June 28, 2014.
Democratic nominee for Attorney General, Sam Houston, addresses delegates on the final day of the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 28, 2014.

In AG Race, Democrats Hope Houston Gives Paxton a Fight

Democrats have big hopes for an attorney general candidate named Sam Houston. They believe his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, is vulnerable because of ethical problems. Paxton’s supporters say Democrats have little cause for optimism.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst accepted the microphone from Texas landowner Tommy Henderson on April 28, 2014, during a gathering of politicians, landowners, law enforcement officials and news outlets on Red River land northeast of Byers, Texas. Dewhurst expressed support for ranchers in their fight with the BLM over land they say they own.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst accepted the microphone from Texas landowner Tommy Henderson on April 28, 2014, during a gathering of politicians, landowners, law enforcement officials and news outlets on Red River land northeast of Byers, Texas. Dewhurst expressed support for ranchers in their fight with the BLM over land they say they own.

For State Politicians, BLM Dispute is Fertile Turf

Several Texas politicians have helped draw national attention to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's plans to manage a 116-mile stretch of Red River land. Area lawmakers who have been working this year on a resolution welcome the extra attention on the issue.

Tommy Henderson shows a survey of land along the Red River in North Texas. Three decades ago, an Oklahoma judge said 140 acres of land he managed belonged to the federal government – even though Henderson held the deed and diligently paid his taxes. Now, the federal government is weighing what to do with more land along the river, some of which has been in North Texas families for generations.
Tommy Henderson shows a survey of land along the Red River in North Texas. Three decades ago, an Oklahoma judge said 140 acres of land he managed belonged to the federal government – even though Henderson held the deed and diligently paid his taxes. Now, the federal government is weighing what to do with more land along the river, some of which has been in North Texas families for generations.

Blurred Lines: Texas-BLM Spat Has Complicated History

Amid a federal agency's looming decision about what to do with a ribbon of land along the Red River it claims — including some that North Texans have long considered theirs — Texas officials are speaking out on the issue. This is how we got here.