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Alaska Attorney General

The Alaska Attorney General is the chief legal advisor to the government of the State of Alaska and to its governor. The Attorney General is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alaska Legislature. The position has existed since the early days of the Territory of Alaska, though it was an elected rather than an appointed position prior to statehood. The Attorney General also serves as the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Law, and is the only commissioner of a principal department of Alaska state government not referred to as "Commissioner" in normal usage.[1] Alaska Governor Bill Walker nominated Anchorage attorney Jahna Lindemuth to fill the position on June 28, 2016.[2] Lindemuth assumed office on August 8, 2016.


List of Attorneys GeneralEdit

In the earliest days of the Alaska Territory, the Territorial Counsel served as the de facto attorney general. Only one person, John H. Cobb, served in this position. The 2nd Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1915 created the Office of the Attorney General, to become effective after the 1916 general election. The attorney general's position was an elected position during the entirety of territorial days, as opposed to under statehood, in which it has been a position appointed by the governor. The following is a list of attorneys general in Alaska.

Alaska TerritoryEdit

Name Image Term of Office Governor(s)
George B. Grigsby 1916–1919 Strong, Riggs
Jeremiah C. Murphy 1919–1920 Riggs
John Rustgard   1920–1933 Riggs, Bone, Parks
James S. Truitt 1933–1941 Troy, Gruening
Henry Roden 1941–1945 Gruening
Ralph J. Rivers   1945–1949 Gruening
J. Gerald Williams 1949–1959 Gruening, Heintzleman, Stepovich

State of AlaskaEdit

Name Image Term of Office Governor(s)
John L. Rader   1959–1960 Egan
Ralph E. Moody   1960–1962 Egan
George N. Hayes 1962–1964 Egan
Warren C. Colver 1964–1966 Egan
Donald A. Burr 1966–1967 Hickel
Edgar Paul Boyko 1967–1968 Hickel
G. Kent Edwards 1968–1970 Hickel, Miller
John E. Havelock   1970–1973 Egan
Norman C. Gorsuch 1973–1974 Egan
Avrum M. Gross   1974–1980 Hammond
Wilson L. Condon 1980–1982 Hammond
Norman C. Gorsuch 1982–1985 Sheffield
Harold M. Brown 1985–1986 Sheffield
Grace Berg Schaible 1987–1989 Cowper
Douglas B. Baily 1989–1990 Cowper
Charles E. Cole 1991–1994 Hickel
Bruce M. Botelho 1994–2002 Hickel, Knowles
Gregg D. Renkes 2002–2005 Murkowski
David W. Márquez 2005–2006 Murkowski
Talis J. Colberg 2006–2009 Palin
Daniel S. Sullivan   2009–2010 Palin, Parnell
John J. Burns 2010–2012 Parnell
Michael C. Geraghty 2012–2014 Parnell
Craig W. Richards[3] 2014–2016 Walker
Jahna Lindemuth 2016 (pending) Walker


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