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 ...

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

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.

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 Texas State Bar was ordered to launch a disciplinary probe into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s conduct in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

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 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.

 

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.