What is the Attorney General?

There is a great deal of confusion about what the Attorney General is and what the Attorney General is supposed to do. That confusion (really a lack of knowledge) is the basis of many false claims levied against me and my office.

Executive Branch Officer

The Attorney General is an executive branch state officer elected on a four-year cycle to perform both constitutional and statutory duties. Idaho Const. Art. IV, Sec. 1. Constitutional duties are those provided in the United States and Idaho Constitutions. Statutory duties are those assigned by laws passed by the Idaho legislature. Sometimes Congress also passes laws that affect the duties of state attorneys general.

Oath of Office

After each of my previous general elections, I have stood on the statehouse steps and publicly taken an oath to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Idaho and to, “faithfully discharge the duties of [Attorney General] according to the best of my ability.” Idaho Code § 59-401. I take this oath seriously and use it to measure my actions and guide my decisions.