Attorney General of Iowa
|Attorney General of Iowa|
|Type||Chief legal officer|
|Seat||Lucas State Office Building in Des Moines|
|Formation||February 9, 1853|
|Website||Iowa Attorney General official website|
The office was created February 9, 1853. The Office of the Attorney General is housed in the Lucas State Office Building in Des Moines; the Attorney General also has a room in the Iowa State Capitol to prepare legislation.[failed verification]
As stated in Iowa law, the powers and duties of the office include: Representing the departments and agencies of state government; taking action for citizens in consumer protection and other areas; enforcing the state's environmental protection laws; playing a central role in the criminal justice system; and providing assistance and advocacy for the victims of crime. The Attorney General also issues legal opinions on questions of law submitted by elected or appointed state officials and defends all tort claim actions against the state. Iowa is unique in that its Attorney General belongs to the judicial branch of government; in 48 of the other 50 states, the attorney general is a member of the executive branch.
Democrat Tom Miller has served as Attorney General of Iowa since 1995. As of April 2019, Miller is serving his tenth term as attorney general and is the longest-tenured state attorney general in the United States.
List of Attorneys General of IowaEdit
|No.||Name||Took office||Left office||Party|
|1||David C. Cloud||1853||1856||Democratic|
|2||Samuel A. Rice||1856||1861||Republican|
|3||Charles C. Nourse||1861||1865||Republican|
|4||Isaac L. Allen||1865||1866||Republican|
|5||Frederick E. Bissell||1866||1867||Republican|
|7||Marsena E. Cutts||1872||1877||Republican|
|8||John F. McJunkin||1877||1881||Republican|
|10||Andrew J. Baker||1885||1889||Republican|
|11||John Y. Stone||1889||1895||Republican|
|13||Charles W. Mullan||1901||1907||Republican|
|14||John F. Riggs||1907||1909||Republican|
|15||Howard Webster Byers||1909||1911||Republican|
|17||H. M. Havner||1917||1921||Republican|
|20||Edward L. O'Connor||1933||1937||Democratic|
|21||John H. Mitchell||1937||1938||Democratic|
|22||Fred D. Everett||1939||1940||Republican|
|23||John M. Rankin||1941||1947||Republican|
|24||Robert L. Larson||1947||1953||Republican|
|27||Norman A. Erbe||1957||1961||Republican|
|29||Lawrence F. Scalise||1965||1967||Democratic|
|30||Richard C. Turner||1967||1979||Republican|
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- Portrait and biographical record of Johnson, Poweshiek and Iowa counties, Iowa. 1893.
- Iowa Attorney General articles at Legal Newsline Legal Journal
- Iowa Attorney General articles at ABA Journal
- News and Commentary at FindLaw
- Iowa Code at Law.Justia.com
- U.S. Supreme Court Opinions - "Cases with title containing: State of Iowa" at FindLaw
- The Iowa State Bar Association
- Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller profile at National Association of Attorneys General
- Press releases at Iowa Attorney General