Nevada Attorney General

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Attorney General of Nevada
AG Aaron Ford.jpg
Aaron D. Ford

since January 7, 2019
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years, two term limit
Inaugural holder George A. Nourse
Formation Nevada Constitution
Website Office of the Attorney General

The Nevada Attorney General is the top legal officer for the state of Nevada. The functions of the office are set forth in Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 228. The Attorney General represents the people of Nevada in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the supreme courts of Nevada and the United States. The Attorney General also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions.

The Attorney General may also work with or help district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice. In addition, the Attorney General establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Nevadans from fraud or illegal activities that target consumers or threaten public safety, and enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources. Under the state Constitution, the Attorney General is elected to a four-year term. To meet its statutory obligations the office is divided into the following:

  • Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Bureau of Criminal Justice
  • Bureau of Governmental Affairs
  • Bureau of Public Affairs

The current Nevada Attorney General is Democrat Aaron D. Ford.


Attorneys General by party affiliation
Party Attorneys General
Democratic 19
Republican 11
Silver 4
# Name Term of Service Political Party
1 George A. Nourse 1864–1867 Republican
2 Robert M. Clark 1867–1871 Republican
3 Luther A. Buckner 1871–1875 Democratic
4 John R. Kittrell 1875–1879 Democratic
5 Michael A. Murphy 1879–1883 Republican
6 William H. Davenport 1883–1887 Republican
7 John F. Alexander 1887–1891 Republican
8 James D. Torreyson 1891–1895 Republican
9 Robert M. Beatty 1895–1896 Silver
10 James R. Judge 1896–1899 Silver
11 William D. Jones 1899–1901 Silver
12 William Woodburn 1901–1903 Silver
13 James G. Sweeney 1903–1907 Democratic[a]
14 Richard C. Stoddard 1907–1911 Democratic[a]
15 Cleveland H. Baker 1911–1912 Democratic
16 George B. Thatcher 1912–1919 Democratic
17 Leonard B. Fowler 1919–1923 Democratic
18 Michael A. Diskin 1923–1931 Democratic
19 Gray Mashburn 1931–1943 Democratic
20 Alan Bible 1943–1951 Democratic
21 William T. Mathews 1951–1955 Democratic
22 Harvey Dickerson 1955–1959 Democratic
23 Roger D. Foley 1959–1962 Democratic
24 Charles E. Springer 1962–1963 Democratic
25 Harvey Dickerson 1963–1971 Democratic
26 Robert List 1971–1979 Republican
27 Richard Bryan 1979–1983 Democratic
28 Bryan McKay 1983–1991 Republican
29 Frankie Sue Del Papa 1991–2003 Democratic
30 Brian Sandoval 2003–2005 Republican
31 George Chanos 2005–2007 Republican
32 Catherine Cortez Masto 2007–2015 Democratic
33 Adam Laxalt 2015–2019 Republican
34 Aaron Ford 2019–present Democratic
  1. ^ a b Officially listed as a Democrat, but was elected as a Silver-Democrat.

See also

External links

  • Nevada Attorney General official website
  • Nevada Attorney General articles at Legal Newsline Legal Journal
  • Nevada Attorney General articles at ABA Journal
  • News and Commentary at FindLaw
  • Nevada Revised Statutes at
  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinions - "Cases with title containing: State of Nevada" at FindLaw
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt profile at National Association of Attorneys General
  • Press releases at Nevada Attorney General

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