Texas Attorney General

Employer / Organization

Texas

Next Election

Nov 06, 2018

Filing Window

Nov 18, 2017 - Dec 18, 2017

Description

The Texas Attorney General is a very influential position in state government, serving as the chief legal and law enforcement officer in the State of Texas. This position involves politics, administration, regulation, and enforcement skills. The attorney general's duties are wide in breadth, and include defending the laws and the constitution of Texas, regulating campaign finance, representing the state in litigation, and approving public bond issues. The attorney general also serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government. Furthermore, the attorney general is charged with issuing all legal opinions upon request from the governor or heads of state agencies. Finally, the attorney general defends challenges to state law and suits against agencies and or state employees. The attorney general serves a four-year term with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of this position is estimated at $150,000.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Texas Secretary of State to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete the Declaration of Intent to Run and submit the application by the filing window. For the 2016 election, once the run off election following the March 1st primary is over (if held, if not then directly after the primary), independent candidates may start circulating their nominating petitions, which are due to the Texas Secretary of State's office by June 23rd, 2016. Signers of the nominating petition can not have voted in the March primary, and the requirement is 500 signatures to appear for most positions on the ballot. More information can be found here, and potential candidates should speak with the Texas Secretary of State's Elections Department as soon as possible to verify the signatures and filing window. 3) Submit the Declaration of Intent to Run within 108-78 days prior to the primary election and submit the nominating petition and application to the Secretary of State's Office by June 23rd, 2016. If you have any questions please contact the Texas Secretary of State's Office at webmaster@sos.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-5650.

Submit application to:
Texas Secretary of State, 1019 Brazos St., Austin, TX, 78701, US