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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 3, 2026
  • Election Process:Elected
  • Term/Limit:4 years / none

Election Timeline & Candidates

  1. Candidate Filing Deadline
  2. Primary Election
  3. General Election
Brian Schwalb (D) declared winner
Brian Schwalb (D)
Democrat

Brian Schwalb (D)

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Brian Schwalb (D) declared winner
Brian Schwalb (D)
Democrat

Brian Schwalb (D)

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Latest District of Columbia Attorney General News & Insights

AG Racine Sues Washington Commanders and NFL for Concealing Toxic Culture

District of Columbia AG Karl A. Racine sued Pro-Football Inc. d/b/a Washington Commanders and the team’s owner, Daniel Snyder (collectively, “the Commanders”), as well as the National Football League and its commissioner, Roger Goodell (collectively, “the NFL”), for allegedly violating the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA) by deceiving D.C. fans of the…

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DC AG Racine Sues Pesticide Manufacturer for Alleged Environmental Contamination

District of Columbia AG Karl Racine sued pesticide manufacturer Velsicol Chemical LLC over allegations that the company’s predecessor violated DC environmental laws and common law by manufacturing, distributing, marketing, and selling a chemical it knew to be toxic and misrepresenting the danger it posed to the public. According to the complaint, Velsicol’s predecessor entity, Velsicol…

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DC AG Racine Fines Instacart Over Allegedly Misleading Consumers About Fees

District of Columbia AG Karl Racine settled a lawsuit with online delivery service Instacart to resolve allegations that Instacart misled customers in the District regarding service fees and failed to remit taxes on those fees in violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act and the District’s sales tax law. According to the 2020…

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