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 ...

Houston resident Jazmine Myluhu attends a rally to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees, organized by The Syrian People Solidarity Group. Nov. 22, 2015.
Houston resident Jazmine Myluhu attends a rally to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees, organized by The Syrian People Solidarity Group. Nov. 22, 2015.

Texas Moves to End Legal Battle Over Syrian Refugees

After withdrawing from the federal refugee resettlement program, Texas on Friday asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss its appeal of a federal judge’s June decision that threw out the state’s case.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a press conference about fighting human trafficking in Texas. The event took place Sept. 1, 2016, at the San Antonio Police Department Public Safety Headquarters.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a press conference about fighting human trafficking in Texas. The event took place Sept. 1, 2016, at the San Antonio Police Department Public Safety Headquarters.

Classified Site's CEO Arrested on Pimping Charges

Backpage.com was the subject of a joint investigation by California and Texas authorities who say the site's adult advertising facilitates human trafficking. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media after keynoting a June 2015 event hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation regarding impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Paxton Blasts Clean Power Plan Ahead of High-Profile Legal Arguments

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is helping to lead a 28-state effort to strike down the Clean Power Plan, President Obama's landmark effort to to fight climate change. 

Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and Solicitor General Scott Keller after oral arguments on the voter ID case before the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans on May 24, 2016.

Texas Appeals Voter ID Rulings to U.S. Supreme Court

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the justices to hear his arguments about why the state’s photo ID requirements for voting do not discriminate against Hispanics and African-American voters. 

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a press conference about fighting human trafficking in Texas. The event took place Sept. 1, 2016, at the San Antonio Police Department Public Safety Headquarters.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a press conference about fighting human trafficking in Texas. The event took place Sept. 1, 2016, at the San Antonio Police Department Public Safety Headquarters.

Texas Working With Truckers in Fight Against Human Trafficking

During a visit to San Antonio on Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton discussed a partnership with truck drivers in the state's efforts to combat human trafficking. 

State Reps Todd Hunter, Lyle Larson and Chris Turner listen as representatives of the State Auditor's Office testify before the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics July 12, 2016.  The committee is investigating the use by state agencies of emergency leave and settlement payments to departing employees.
State Reps Todd Hunter, Lyle Larson and Chris Turner listen as representatives of the State Auditor's Office testify before the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics July 12, 2016. The committee is investigating the use by state agencies of emergency leave and settlement payments to departing employees.

Lawmakers Ask Whether Agencies Abused Emergency Leave Policy

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Lawmakers peppered policy experts with questions about whether state agencies who keep departing employees on the state payroll by placing them on "emergency leave" violated state law, during a hearing on Tuesday. 

Houston resident Jazmine Myluhu attends a rally to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees, organized by The Syrian People Solidarity Group. Nov. 22, 2015.
Houston resident Jazmine Myluhu attends a rally to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees, organized by The Syrian People Solidarity Group. Nov. 22, 2015.

Texas Loses Fight to Keep Syrian Refugees Out

Texas on Thursday lost its fight against the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state, ending a monthslong battle during which refugees from the war-torn country continued to arrive.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Analysis: Effort to Silence Whistleblower Keeps Story Alive

“Shut up” is nearly always a terrible response. It escalates a disagreement. It’s obnoxious. It hardly ever works. It is a clear signal that someone is losing the argument, their patience — or both.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during press conference announcing a lawsuit that had been filed against the U.S Dept of Education, U.S Dept of Justice and other agencies which are requiring TX public schools to open restrooms, locker rooms to both sexes. May 25, 2016

Cost of Texas Child Support Overhaul Doubles to $420 Million

The state's sidelined child support overhaul is now back on track, but its cost has more than doubled to $420 million and it is now two years behind schedule.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, enters room where he will announce information on a lawsuit filed in U.S District Court against several federal agencies regarding bathroom and locker room rules in Texas public schools on May 25, 2016

Paxton Shopped Transgender Policy to Second School District

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton approached at least one other North Texas school district about adopting the transgender student bathroom policy that is now the center of his lawsuit against the Obama administration.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is shown at a news conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016, to announce a new unit of the attorney general’s office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Timeline: Attorney General Ken Paxton's Legal Saga

On Thursday, a court heard arguments on Ken Paxton's request to dismiss criminal charges related to private business deals made before he became AG. Use this timeline to to keep up with the legal and political drama.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in Austin on Jan. 13, 2016 to announce a new unit within the Texas Attorney General’s Office dedicated to combating human trafficking.

Paxton Uses State Protection for Frequent North Texas Trips

For the past year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has used taxpayer-funded security teams and drivers to travel at least twice and as many as four times a month to North Texas where he has a home and businesses, according to records obtained by The Texas Tribune.

From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
From left: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Analysis: A Tough Day for the Class of 2014 in Texas Politics

Some of the state officeholders elected in 2014 face struggles to gain control of their government, political and legal duties. They're looking like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, or the 1962 Mets. But the stakes are more serious than that.