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The Pennsylvania Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It became an elected office in 1980. Currently, the office is held by Linda Kelly
Linda L. Kelly
Linda L. Kelly is an American attorney. She is currently serving as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.-Education:Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University School of Law.-Legal career:...

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Authority and Responsibilities


The Commonwealth Attorneys Act of 1980 established the Office of Attorney General as an independent office headed by an elected Attorney General. The office has the responsibility for the prosecution of crime prosecuted by the commonwealth, included organized crime, public corruption, and consumer protection. The Attorney General represents the commonwealth in all actions brought by or against the commonwealth, reviews all proposed rules and regulations by commonwealth agencies.

The Attorney General also serves as a member of the Board of Pardons, the joint Committee on Documents, the Hazardous Substances Transportation Board, the Board of Finance and Revenue, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Civil Disorder Commission and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.

Occupants of Elected Pennsylvania Attorney General Office

NameAttorney General term
LeRoy S. Zimmerman
LeRoy S. Zimmerman
LeRoy S. Zimmerman is a former Pennsylvania Attorney General.In 2002, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of politically influential individuals...

1981–1989
Ernie Preate
Ernie Preate
Ernest D. Preate, Jr. is a former Pennsylvania Attorney General. His term ended prematurely when he was indicted on federal charges for mail fraud for which he served a sixteen-month prison sentence in Duluth, Minnesota.-References:...

1989–1995
Tom Corbett
Tom Corbett
Thomas W. Corbett is the 46th and current Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States. He is a former Attorney General of Pennsylvania and was elected to that office in 2004 and reelected in 2008...

1995–1997
Mike Fisher
D. Michael Fisher
Dennis Michael Fisher is a United States federal judge of the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was nominated on May 1, 2003 by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S...

1997–2004
Jerry Pappert
Jerry Pappert
Gerald J. Pappert is a former Pennsylvania Attorney General.When he was chief of staff to Michael Fisher, the political website PoliticsPA named him to their "Pennsylvania's Smartest Staffers and Operatives" list, saying that he "adds brainpower to the Office of Attorney General."-References:...

2004–2005
Tom Corbett
Tom Corbett
Thomas W. Corbett is the 46th and current Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States. He is a former Attorney General of Pennsylvania and was elected to that office in 2004 and reelected in 2008...

2005–2011
William Ryan
William H. Ryan, Jr.
William H. Ryan, Jr. is an American politician and attorney who served as the acting Attorney General of Pennsylvania from January through May of 2011.-Education:Ryan is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University and Villanova University Law School....

2011
Linda Kelly
Linda L. Kelly
Linda L. Kelly is an American attorney. She is currently serving as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.-Education:Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Duquesne University School of Law.-Legal career:...

2011–present

See also

  • Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania General Assembly
    Pennsylvania General Assembly
    The Pennsylvania General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The legislature convenes in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg. In colonial times , the legislature was known as the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly. Since the Constitution of 1776, written by...

  • Pennsylvania Auditor General
    Pennsylvania Auditor General
    The Pennsylvania Auditor General is the chief fiscal officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It became an elected office in 1850. The current Auditor General of Pennsylvania is Jack Wagner.- History :...

  • Pennsylvania Treasurer
    Pennsylvania Treasurer
    The Pennsylvania Treasurer is the head of the Pennsylvania Department of the Treasury, which is the custodian of virtually all the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's funds....

  • Pennsylvania State Capitol
    Pennsylvania State Capitol
    The Pennsylvania State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and is in downtown Harrisburg. It was designed in 1902 in a Beaux-Arts style with Renaissance themes throughout...


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