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 ...

Paxton Uses State Protection for Frequent North Texas Trips

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.

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: Legal Matters Could Temporarily Expand Abbott’s Power

Texas doesn’t have a cabinet form of government, but in Gov. Greg Abbott’s case, it might soon have the next best thing. If the wheels of justice turn against Ken Paxton, Sid Miller or both, forcing or prompting one or both to leave office, Abbott would have vacancies to fill.

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.

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.

SEC Charges Ken Paxton With Securities Fraud

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been charged in federal court with allegedly misleading investors in a technology company. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed the charges Monday in a Sherman-based court. Paxton has pleaded not guilty to similar charges handed up last year by a Collin County grand jury.

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

Looking for a handy way to keep up with the legal and political drama surrounding the indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges related to financial fraud? We've got you covered.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, right, looks at one of the special prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing at the Collin County Courthouse on Dec. 1, 2015. Paxton faces felony charges related to claims that he misled investors in business dealings before he took office as attorney general.

State Bar Will Investigate Paxton for Conduct After Marriage Ruling

The list of investigations into Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct just got a little bit longer. The Texas State Bar was ordered last week to launch a disciplinary probe into Paxton’s conduct following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage — an investigation that could end with Paxton getting disbarred.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at the 2015 Open Government Conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at the 2015 Open Government Conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.

Attorney General: Fantasy Sports Sites Involve Illegal Gambling

While placing bets in fantasy sports leagues may involve skill, there is still an element of chance that would equate such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released Tuesday.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at an open government conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at an open government conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.

Analysis: Ken Paxton's Legal Complications Multiply

Nobody’s going to force you to feel sorry for Ken Paxton, but the Republican attorney general’s political persecutions have turned into criminal prosecutions. The investigations, inquiries and folklore that started during the 2014 primary that vaulted him into office didn’t stop when he was elected.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a new unit of his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, the author of a law that enhanced penalties for human trafficking, joined Paxton at a press conference on Jan. 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a new unit of his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, the author of a law that enhanced penalties for human trafficking, joined Paxton at a press conference on Jan. 14, 2016.

Texas Attorney General Unveils Unit to Fight Human Trafficking

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday announced a new unit in his office dedicated to combating human trafficking. In June, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that created the new unit. 


Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers an opening luncheon keynote at the Texas Public Policy Foundation At The Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit on Nov. 19, 2015.
Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers an opening luncheon keynote at the Texas Public Policy Foundation At The Crossroads Energy and Climate Policy Summit on Nov. 19, 2015.

Feds Freeze Funding on Troubled Child Support Upgrade Project

The federal government has temporarily suspended funding for a project to upgrade the state’s antiquated child support enforcement system — run through the AG's office — whose projected costs have risen dramatically ahead of initial estimates.

Texas Attorney Gen.  Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015
Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015

Prosecutors: Paxton Engaged in "Pre-Trial Shell Game"

In a 19-page court filing, the special prosecutors pursuing the financial securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton delivered a scathing response to Paxton's latest efforts to dismiss his three felony charges.

When he was Texas attorney general, Gov. Greg Abbott (l) sued nutritional supplement supplier Mannatech for deceptive trade practices and won a $7 million settlement. GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson (r) gave four paid speeches for the company.
When he was Texas attorney general, Gov. Greg Abbott (l) sued nutritional supplement supplier Mannatech for deceptive trade practices and won a $7 million settlement. GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson (r) gave four paid speeches for the company.

Texas Firm Central to Questions About Carson's Ethics

In 2009, then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott touted a multi-million dollar settlement against Coppell-based dietary supplement maker Mannatech. Now, the settlement plays a high-profile role in questions about one of the company’s former supporters, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.

Texas Attorney Gen.  Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015
Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, speaks at The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015

Analysis: Making the Best of a Bad Situation

Suppose the Texas agriculture commissioner had to recuse himself from any regulation of beef, or the state comptroller had to stay out of any tax cases involving motor fuel. The Texas attorney general actually has a problem like that.

Texas Attorney Gen.  Ken Paxton, during The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015
Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, during The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage & Religious Freedom event at the First Baptist Church in Pflugerville, Texas on September 29, 2015

Harris County to Paxton: We're Still Suing Volkswagen

Harris County has politely declined Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to drop its lawsuit against Volkswagen over the carmaker's use of software that allowed its diesel vehicles to skirt emissions limits.

Lehmberg Sues to Block Records of Deal With Insurer

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Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is suing to block the release of records about a controversial agreement that allows a giant insurance company to pay her office more than $400,000 a year to investigate the insurer’s fraud cases. 

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media in June 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media in June 2015.

Analysis: Paxton and the High Expense of a Good Defense

Attorney General Ken Paxton, facing three indictments on securities charges, is up against a hard fact of the criminal justice system: Defending yourself is very expensive. And attorneys familiar with the state’s campaign finance laws say that because the charges are related to Paxton's work as a private attorney and businessman, he can’t tap the money in his substantial campaign account.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media in June 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to media in June 2015.

Paxton No Stranger to Controversial Business Deals

Even before Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton admitted he violated civil securities laws — or faced a subsequent criminal investigation — he had come under fire from watchdogs and political opponents for allegedly crossing ethical lines with his private business interests and failing to disclose all of his dealings on personal financial statements.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies on July 29, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on an investigation into Planned Parenthood's practices.

Analysis: A Make-or-Break Moment for Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, facing indictment on felony securities charges, could actually boost his career with an acquittal. But a conviction would likely end it.