The politics of the attorney general's office

Here’s a question we haven’t heard people ask: Why do we elect the attorney general? At the federal level, the attorney general is a presidential appointee. So why do 43 states elect an attorney general? Five states follow the federal system and make the attorney general a gubernatorial appointee. In Tennessee, the attorney general is appointed by the state Supreme Court. In Maine, the attorney general is elected by the state legislature.

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