List of Attorneys General of Louisiana

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The office of Attorney General of Louisiana existed from the colonial period to the present. Under Article IV, Section 8 of the Constitution of Louisiana, the Attorney General is elected statewide for a four-year term and is the chief legal officer of the state. Additionally, "the attorney general shall have authority (1) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any civil action or proceeding; (2) upon the written request of a district attorney, to advise and assist in the prosecution of any criminal case; and (3) for cause, when authorized by the court which would have original jurisdiction and subject to judicial review, (a) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any criminal action or proceeding, or (b) to supersede any attorney representing the state in any civil or criminal action.

The attorney general shall exercise other powers and perform other duties authorized by this constitution or by law."[1]

The current Attorney General, James D. "Buddy" Caldwell has been in office since 2008.

Territory of Orleans (1804–1812)

State of Louisiana, 1812 to the present

# Name Political Party Term of Office
1 Francois Xavier Martin Democratic-Republican 1812-1815
2 Etienne Mazureau Democratic-Republican 1815-1817
3 Louis Moreau-Lislet Democratic-Republican 1817-1819
4 Thomas B. Robertson Democratic-Republican 1819-1821
5 Etienne Mazureau National Republican 1821-1824
6 Isaac Trimble Preston 1824-1828
7 Alonzo Morphy 1828-1830
8 George Eustis, Sr. Whig 1830-1833
9 Etienne Mazureau Whig 1833-1841
10 Christian Roselius Whig 1841-1843
11 Isaac Trimble Preston 1843-1846
12 William Augustus Elmore 1846-1850
13 Isaac Johnson Democratic 1850-1854
14 Isaac Edward Morse Democratic 1854-1856
15 E. Warren Moise Democratic 1856-1860

Thomas Jenkins Semmes Democratic 1860-1864 Flavillus Sidney Goode Democratic 1864-1865 Andrew S. Herron Democratic 1865 B. L. Lynch (Republican) 1866-1869 Simeon Beldon (Republican) 1869-1873

Notes and sources

  1. Constitution of Louisiana, Article IV, §8.

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