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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 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.

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The AG is an elected position in D.C.

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


Latest District of Columbia Attorney General News & Insights

Beech-Nut Sued for Allegedly Misleading Consumers About Baby Food Safety

District of Columbia AG Karl Racine sued baby-food manufacturer Beech-Nut Nutrition Company (“Beech-Nut”) over allegations that it used deceptive and misleading advertising about the safety of its baby food in violation of the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

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Democratic Attorneys General Support DOL’s Fight for Narrower Definition of ERISA Health Plans

A group of 22 Democratic AGs, led by District of Columbia AG Karl Racine, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in S. Department of Labor v. Data Marketing Partnership, No. 20-11179, in support of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) position that the district court erred in determining that a program through which users obtain health insurance in exchange for personal data is an “employee benefit plan” as defined by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).

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Bipartisan Group of 35 Attorneys General Calls on Congress to Pass NO HATE Act

A bipartisan group of 35 AGs, led by District of Columbia AG Karl Racine and Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, sent a letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to pass the bipartisan National Opposition to Hate, Assaults, and Threats to Equality “NO HATE” Act as a way to help states identify and prevent hate crimes. The…

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