New State AG Landscape Post Election

November 14, 2016

On Election Day, ten states voted for attorneys general. Five seats were retained by incumbents, and five seats now belong to newcomers to the post. Five seats went to Republicans and five went to Democrats. There will now be 25 Republican and 21 Democrats, a gain of one seat for the GOP writes Jesse Panuccio, an attorney for Foley & Lardner LLP, in Law360.  

One of the "most notable" races took place in Missouri with Josh Hawley (R) running on a conservative platform and winning 59 percent of the general election vote. In West Virginia another important race ended when Republican incumbent Patrick Morrisey - who has led several multistate lawsuits against the Obama administration - "cruised to reelection."

Panuccio also highlights some state attorneys general, such as AG Pam Bondi of Florida who "were not up for reelection [but] will nonetheless gain additional prominence in light of Donald Trump's victory in the presidential race." Many speculate that Bondi "could find a role in [Trump's] administration.”