Powers and duties of Oklahoma's attorney general

The attorney general of Oklahoma is elected by the people of Oklahoma and serves as the chief legal officer of the state.
by Randy Ellis Published: October 8, 2012
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The attorney general of Oklahoma is state's chief legal officer.

The attorney general of Oklahoma is elected by the people of Oklahoma and serves as the chief legal officer of the state.

The office was created by the Oklahoma Constitution and the position is up for election every four years, during the same years the governor stands for election.

The state constitution initially placed no limits on the number of terms an individual could serve as attorney general, but was amended by a vote of the people in 2010 to limit the attorney general and other statewide elected officials to no more than two terms, that need not be consecutive.

Among the key responsibilities of Scott Pruitt and the 80 attorneys in his agency are:

• Provide legal counsel and representation for state agencies, boards, commissions and employees.

• Represent Oklahoma consumers in utility rate cases and legal actions.

• Represent the interests of the state's natural resources and state crime victims.

• Represent the state in the criminal appeals process in an effort to make sure decisions rendered by judges and juries are upheld by appellate courts.


by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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