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District of Columbia Attorney General

Current State AG
Karl Racine (D)
Political Party
Democrat
Assumed Office

2015

Current Leadership Positions
NAAG Immediate Past President
DAGA Executive Committee
Co-Chair of AG Alliance (formerly CWAG)

Karl Racine became the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia in 2014 (before which the Mayor appointed the AG). Prior to his election, he was Managing Partner at Venable LLP, where he focused his practice on white collar defense and civil litigation. He also served in the DC Public Defender Service and as an Associate White House Counsel during President Bill Clinton’s first term. AG Racine was born in Haiti and fled to the U.S. with...

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Karl Racine became the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia in 2014 (before which the Mayor appointed the AG). Prior to his election, he was Managing Partner at Venable LLP, where he focused his practice on white collar defense and civil litigation. He also served in the DC Public Defender Service and as an Associate White House Counsel during President Bill Clinton’s first term. AG Racine was born in Haiti and fled to the U.S. with his parents at a young age to escape authoritarian rule. AG Racine has announced he will not seek reelection in 2022.

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The AG is an elected position in D.C.

  • Next Election:November 8, 2022
  • Election Process:Open Seat
  • Term/Limit:4 years / none

Election Timeline & Candidates

  1. Candidate Filing Deadline
  2. Primary Election
  3. General Election
Ryan Jones  (D)
Democrat

Ryan Jones (D)

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Brian Schwalb (D)
Democrat

Brian Schwalb (D)

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Bruce Spiva (D)
Democrat

Bruce Spiva (D)

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Ryan Jones  (D)
Democrat

Ryan Jones (D)

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Brian Schwalb (D)
Democrat

Brian Schwalb (D)

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Bruce Spiva (D)
Democrat

Bruce Spiva (D)

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Latest District of Columbia Attorney General News & Insights

Election News Roundup

District of Columbia – Brian Schwalb, partner-in-charge of the law firm Venable’s D.C. office, has emerged as the winner of the District’s Democratic primary election for AG. In a three-way race, Schwalb beat out attorneys Bruce V. Spiva and Ryan Jones. The race follows an earlier court ruling that another candidate, Kenyan McDuffie, was ineligible to run.

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State AG Pulse | Local Job, National Impact

In this week’s episode, Lori gets together with fellow State AG Group members Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano to talk about the evolution of the DC Office of the Attorney General into a national powerhouse, Karl Racine’s legacy as its first elected AG, and this year’s contentious race.

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