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.
• Prosecute and defend on behalf of the state in civil matters and work to recover monies wrongfully taken from the state.
• Investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud cases.
• Investigate and prosecute abuse of Medicaid patients in nursing homes.
• Lead Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury, which investigates a wide variety of cases, up to and including murder and racketeering. Prosecute some of the individuals indicted by the grand jury.
• Operate a Public Protection Unit that acts to protect vulnerable consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices.
• Oversee funding and certification for domestic violence programs across the state. Also, provide training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors and shelter workers.
• Investigate and prosecute workers' compensation and insurance fraud.