The Florida Attorney General
is an elected cabinet
The Florida Cabinet is a body of the government of Florida that engages in the collective governance of the state.Created following Reconstruction, when there had been a widespread distrust of the governors appointed by the federal government, the cabinet was designed to decentralize authority from...
official in the U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...
. The attorney general serves as the chief legal officer of the state.
The office is one of only three elected state cabinet posts, along with the Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer of Florida is a statewide constitutional officer of Florida. The office was created in 2002 following the 1998 reforms of the Florida Cabinet....
and Agriculture Commissioner
The Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the head of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services . The position is elected by voters statewide and is one of four members in the Florida Cabinet...
. The current attorney general is Pam Bondi, who took office on January 4, 2011. Her term will expire on January 6, 2015.
Election and terms of office
As with the other two cabinet posts and the office of lieutenant governor
A lieutenant governor or lieutenant-governor is a high officer of state, whose precise role and rank vary by jurisdiction, but is often the deputy or lieutenant to or ranking under a governor — a "second-in-command"...
, there is a limit of two four-year terms for the Attorney General
In most common law jurisdictions, the attorney general, or attorney-general, is the main legal advisor to the government, and in some jurisdictions he or she may also have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions.The term is used to refer to any person...
. The Governor of Florida is restricted to two consecutive terms, with no lifetime limit on the number of terms he or she may serve.
The Attorney General appoints the Florida Solicitor General
The Solicitor General of Florida or Florida Solicitor General is the top appellate solicitor for the U.S. State of Florida. It is an appointed position in the Office of the Florida Attorney General and the individual serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General...
who serves at their pleasure. The current solicitor is Scott Makar
Scott Douglas Makar is an American lawyer and college professor who has been the Florida Solicitor General since 2007 and in that position, has argued five cases before the United States Supreme Court.-Early years:...
Removal from office
The Florida Attorney General can be impeached
Impeachment is a formal process in which an official is accused of unlawful activity, the outcome of which, depending on the country, may include the removal of that official from office as well as other punishment....
for committing a "misdemeanor in office" by the State Legislature, and convicted and thereby removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the State Senate.
| Attorney General
|| Term of Service
||1845 - 1846
|Augustus E. Maxwell
||1846 - 1848
|James T. Archer
James Tillinghast Archer was an American lawyer and politician from the state of Florida.Archer was the first Secretary of State of Florida, serving from 1845 to 1848. He was Florida Attorney General in 1848...
|David P. Hogue
|Mariano D. Papy
|John B. Galbraith
|James Westcott, Jr.
James Diament Westcott, Jr. was a Florida Supreme Court Justice, Florida Attorney General, and a member of the Florida House of Representatives....
|A. R. Meek
|H. Bisbee, Jr.
|William A. Cocke
|George P. Raney
George Pettus Raney was a Florida lawyer and a Democratic politician who served on the Florida Supreme Court from 1885 to 1894. He served as the first Florida native Chief Justice from 1889 to 1894. He was born October 11, 1845. He fought for the South in the Civil War. He served in the Florida...
|William B. Lamar
|James B. Whitfield
James Bryan Whitfield was a Florida lawyer, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and long-time Justice of the Florida Supreme Court....
Park Monroe Trammell , an American politician of the Democratic Party, was the 21st Governor of Florida and represented Florida in the United States Senate from 1917 until 1936....
|Thomas F. West
|Van C. Swearingen
|Fred H. Davis
|Cary D. Landis
|George Couper Gibbs
|J. Thomas Watson
From the years of 1941 to 1949, J. Thomas Watson served the people of Florida as the Attorney General. A respected resident of Tampa, Florida, J. Thomas Watson had 3 sons Patrick Boisseau, J. Tom, Jr. and Dean C.Patrick Boisseau Watson had a career as a colonel in the US Army, Tom Watson, Jr became...
|Richard W. Ervin
|James W. Kynes
James W. "Jimmy" Kynes, Jr. was an American college and professional football player, lawyer, political appointee and corporate executive. Kynes also served as the Florida Attorney General.- Early life :...
Earl Faircloth was a former Florida Attorney General and State Representative.He was a politician from the U.S. state of Florida. Earl Faircloth served as the Florida Attorney General from 1965 to 1971....
Robert L. Shevin was the Florida Attorney General from 1971 until 1979 and a judge on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal.-Background:...
|James C. Smith
James Cloudis Smith is an American lawyer. He served as Florida Attorney General, Florida Secretary of State, and is current the Chairman of the Florida State University Board of Trustees.-Early years:Smith received his B.S...
|Robert A. Butterworth
|Richard E. Doran
Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. is an American politician who was the 44th Governor of Florida. Prior to his election as governor, Crist previously served as Florida State Senator, Education Commissioner, and Attorney General...
Ira William "Bill" McCollum, Jr. is a former Florida Attorney General. A Republican, he was Florida's 36th attorney general, taking office in 2007...
Pamela Jo Bondi is the current Attorney General of Florida.-Early life and education:Bondi's hometown is Temple Terrace, Florida. Her father, Joseph Bondi, was a City Councilman and then Mayor of Temple Terrace. She is a graduate of C. Leon King High School in Tampa, Florida...