#minorsextrafficking | 2022 State Attorneys General Election Re-Cap | Troutman Pepper


Updated November 9, 2022 at 1:23 PM ET

2022 State Attorneys General Election Re-Cap

On November 8, 30 states and the District of Columbia held elections for state attorneys general. Below are the current results of the elections for each of the 31 races. We will continue to update this blog post as results are verified.

*Results are listed alphabetically by state.

Alabama

Republican Steve Marshall won a second term as Alabama’s attorney general (AG), defeating his Democratic challenger Wendell Major. On his way to this second term, Marshall overwhelmingly defeated Harry Still III in the primary with more than 89% of the vote.

On February 10, 2017, Governor Robert Bentley (R) initially appointed Marshall as AG after Luther Strange resigned to serve as an interim U.S. senator. Before his appointment, Marshall served as Marshall County district attorney for 16 years and founded the county’s Major Crimes Unit. He also served on the National District Attorneys Association’s board of directors (BOD).

One of Marshall’s primary objectives has been to make Alabama a safter place to live. In January 2018, he launched his initiative on violent crime. In the initiative’s first year, over 300 violent offenders were arrested. Marshall was recently elected to the Republican Attorneys General Association’s Executive Committee where he will leverage his leadership skills to address policy issues, including the opioid crisis, illegal immigration, and religious liberty.

Arkansas

Republican Tim Griffin (R) prevailed in the Arkansas election for AG and will assume the role in January 2023 after serving as the state’s lieutenant governor for the past eight years. Griffin campaigned on a platform of economic growth, parental choice in education, and state government reform — issues that clearly connected with the state’s voters. Griffin handily defeated his challenger Democrat Jesse Gibson.

Griffin will take over from departing AG Leslie Rutledge (R) who decided to leave the post to run for lieutenant governor. Rutledge also won her election.

In addition to his time as lieutenant governor, Griffin brings significant government experience to the AG role. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015, including participating in several key committees. He also worked for the Bush administration from 2006 to 2007 as a U.S. attorney and special assistant to the president and deputy director of political affairs. Griffin will no doubt use his new role to continue supporting conservative positions on a variety of issues, including limits on federal overreach, law enforcement support, and crime reduction.

Griffin served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps for over 25 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. He graduated from Magnolia High School, Hendrix College, Tulane Law School, attended graduate school at Oxford University, and received a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College.

Griffin and his wife Elizabeth live in Little Rock with their three children.

Connecticut

Democratic incumbent William Tong was reelected as the Connecticut AG, defeating Republican Jessica Kordas. When initially elected in 2019, Tong became the first Asian American elected at the statewide level in Connecticut.

Tong practiced law for the past 18 years, beginning his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, and then with Finn Dixon & Herling LLP in Stamford, CT for 15 of those years. Before serving as AG, Tong served for 12 years in the Connecticut General Assembly, representing the 147th District that includes North Stamford and Darien. Most recently, Tong acted as the Judiciary Committee House chairman.

The oldest of five children, Tong grew up working alongside his immigrant parents in his family’s Chinese restaurant in the Hartford, CT area. He attended high school at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts and graduated from Brown University and the University of Chicago Law school. Tong and his wife Elizabeth live in Stamford with their three children.

Delaware

In Delaware, incumbent Democrat AG Kathy Jennings won a second term to continue serving as the Delaware AG. Jennings, a veteran prosecutor and defense attorney, defeated Republican candidate Julianne Murray, a private practitioner who also ran as a 2020 gubernatorial candidate, but lost to incumbent Democrat Governor John Carey.

In her first term, Jennings prioritized conviction rates and touted an 85% conviction rate for gun offenders and guidelines for increasing bail for violent offenders. AG Jennings also obtained settlements of $500 million against opioid manufacturers, supported gun sale merchant code, joined initiatives to prioritize environmental justice, and urged oversight on “buy now, pay later” companies.

Born and raised in Delaware, Jennings graduated from the University of Delaware and Villanova University Law School before she joined the Delaware DOJ.

District of Columbia

Election Day brought some surprises, but Brian Schwalb becoming the District of Columbia’s next AG was not one of them. Endorsed by outgoing AG Karl Racine, Schwalb ran unopposed after winning the primary race in June. Racine cited Schwalb’s diverse experience and campaign priorities of wage theft and youth upliftment as reasons driving his endorsement.

Schwalb is a trial attorney and partner-in-charge in Venable’s Washington, DC office. He spent four years as a Department of Justice (DOJ) Tax Division trial attorney under President Bill Clinton. Racine and Schwalb share similar backgrounds. Before becoming D.C.’s first elected AG, Racine served as Venable’s D.C. managing partner for six years, overlapping with Schwalb for nine of those years. Racine transformed the D.C. AG’s office during his tenure, increasing its capacity to handle major investigations and recently filing high-profile lawsuits against Facebook and Grubhub. We will watch closely to see if Schwalb retains the same priorities and follows in Racine’s footsteps.

Schwalb graduated from Duke University and Harvard Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge John R. Hargrove in Baltimore, MD.

Florida

Republican incumbent Ashley Moody won another term as Florida’s AG, defeating her Democratic challenger Aramis Ayala. Moody — Florida’s 38th AG — has held her post since 2019. Previously, Moody served as an assistant U.S. attorney where she prosecuted drug, firearm, and fraud crimes. In 2006, Moody became Florida’s youngest judge when she was elected to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsborough County.

As AG, Moody has been recognized as a national leader, having been appointed to the National Association of Attorneys General’s Executive Committee and to the Rule of Law Defense Fund BOD. Moody also serves as the chair of Florida’s statewide Council on Human Trafficking, and the governor recently appointed her as chair of Florida’s statewide Opioid Abuse Task Force.

Georgia

Georgian’s reelected Republican Chris Carr as their AG, defeating Democratic state Senator Jen Jordan. Many thought a post-election runoff was in play after Libertarian Martin Cowen also appeared on the ballot. Georgia’s U.S. Senate and governor’s races garnered significant national attention, seemingly allowing the AG’s race to fly under the radar. Initially appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal (R) in 2016 after former AG Samuel S. Olens resigned, Carr won reelection in 2018 over Democrat Charlie Bailey with 51.3% of the nearly four million votes. Carr previously served as the commissioner of the Department of Economic Development and as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R).

Carr said his primary objective as AG is to uphold the laws and constitution and represent the interests of Georgians, while not to making or interpreting the law. Carr’s recent focus has been on his office’s new anti-gang prosecution unit, created in July 2022, and its goal to protect Georgian’s across the state.

While the other Georgia races received more attention, the Georgia AG’s race was one of the most down-to-the-wire ballot races in this election cycle, with Carr fundraising more than $4 million, while Jen Jordan fundraised more than $3 million.

Idaho

Raúl Labrador is Idaho’s new AG. Republican Labrador beat Democratic candidate Tom Arkoosh. This is not Labrador’s first time holding political office as he previously served as a U.S. representative for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District from 2011 to 2019. He also ran for governor in Idaho’s 2018 Republican primary but lost to Brad Little.

After running for governor, Labrador won the election for chairman of the Idaho Republican Party where he served as leader from 2019 to 2020. Labrador then stepped down from party leadership the following year and worked at a law firm run by state Representative Bruce Skaug (R-Nampa), specializing in immigration law.

Born in Puerto Rico, Labrador was the first Hispanic member of Idaho’s congressional delegation. Labrador received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from the University of Washington.

Illinois

Over the last four decades, the Democratic Party has held the Illinois AG’s office with the exception of Jim Ryan (R) who held the office from 1995 to 2003. Lisa Madigan, whose family has been involved in Illinois politics since at least 1971, previously held the state’s highest law enforcement position before Kwame Raoul. In most public offices, Illinois typically leans Democratic but also elects Republican gubernatorial candidates, and the jurisdictions outside major metropolitan areas have leaned Republican for decades. Chicago — Raoul’s home territory and a major metropolitan center with more than 10 million residents — plays a significant role in Illinois state politics.

A native Chicagoan whose parents immigrated from Haiti, Raoul earned his undergraduate degree from De Paul University and his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law. Before he entered the political arena, Raoul was a partner at a large law firm and served as a Cook County (Chicago) prosecutor in addition to other notable roles. In 2004, Raoul was appointed to fill the state Senate seat formerly held by Barak Obama where Raoul served until he was elected as AG in 2018. He ran unopposed in the primaries and was challenged by Republican Party candidate Tom DeVore who rose to public prominence after suing the state of Illinois over mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Raoul defeated DeVore with 53.8% to 44% of the vote.

In Raoul’s first term as AG, he focused on issues related to law enforcement, gun violence, and consumer protection. In the 2022 cycle, Raoul campaigned on a platform of bipartisan efforts to alleviate the impact of violence on communities, protecting access to health care, protecting children, safeguarding voting rights, and protecting a woman’s right to make reproductive health care decisions. Raoul is expected to maintain the direction of his office for this next term.

Iowa

Brenna Bird upset Tom Miller — the longest serving U.S. AG, with nearly 40 years of experience. In recent years, Iowa has been a swing state. The 2022 election cycle leaned Republican, with Iowans electing U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R) and Governor Kim Reynolds (R). Bird defeated General Miller 51% to 49% and Miller conceded the race.

An Iowa native, Bird grew up on a rural farm where she was homeschooled. Bird received her undergraduate degree from Drake University and obtained her J.D. from the University of Chicago. After law school, Bird worked for a Silicon Valley law firm. She then entered politics, working for former Republican U.S. Representative Steve King until 2010 and Governor Terry Branstad until 2015. More recently, Bird served as the county attorney for Fremont, Guthrie, and Audubon counties.

Bird received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump and campaigned on a platform of protecting citizens from violent crime, supporting law enforcement, and suing the Biden administration for purported federal overreach. During the election, Bird suggested that Miller no longer had energy for the job and argued that she would be the best candidate to protect Iowans from fraud, crime, and corporate greed. She is a staunch advocate for farmers rights. It is expected that Bird will make significant changes to the structure of the AG’s office, which has been under the consistent leadership of Miller for decades.

Kansas

On November 8, Kansans elected Kris Kobach as their AG. Kobach succeeds Derek Schmidt as AG, a role held by Schmidt since 2010. As AG, Kobach is expected to be relatively business friendly and has expressed an interest in opposing the Biden administration.

Kobach previously served as the Kansas secretary of state from 2011 to 2019. He maintains an active litigation practice, and he is currently engaged in three federal lawsuits against the Biden administration. Kobach’s prior work history includes his role as the U.S. DOJ’s counsel to the AG, and his role as vice-chair of then-President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He also served as a professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law.

Kobach received a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College, a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in political science from Oxford University, and a law degree from Yale Law School. He grew up in Topeka and currently lives near Lecompton with his wife and five children.

Maryland

On November 8, Maryland elected Anthony G. Brown as its first African American AG.

Brown was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 where he is currently finishing his term as Maryland’s 4th Congressional District representative. He previously served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and as Maryland’s lieutenant governor from 2007 to 2015.

Brown served in the Army for 30 years as a commissioned officer, earning the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. Brown retired with the rank of colonel in 2014.

Brown holds both an A.B. and J.D. from Harvard.

Massachusetts

Democrat Andrea Campbell was elected Massachusetts’s AG after defeating Republican James McMahon. The Massachusetts AG seat opened up after incumbent Maura Healey announced she would run for governor of Massachusetts, a position she won in Tuesday’s election. Campbell is the first African American woman ever elected statewide in Massachusetts and will be the third woman — and first ever African American woman — to serve as Massachusetts’ AG. The last time a Republican was elected to the position of AG in Massachusetts was in 1966.

Following law school, Campbell worked as a legal services attorney for the EdLaw Project, providing advocacy for the educational needs of high-risk Massachusetts youth. Andrea also practiced employment law at Proskauer LLP but left to serve as general counsel at the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. She also served as deputy legal counsel to former Democratic Governor Deval Patrick, and in 2015, she successfully ran for the Boston City Council, serving District 4 for three terms. In 2018, Campbell was elected City Council president, and in 2021, she ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Boston.

Campbell grew up in the Roxbury and South End neighborhoods of Boston. She has spoken openly about the loss of her mother when she was only eight months old, as well as the involvement of her father and brothers in the criminal justice system throughout her life. She attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Princeton University and UCLA Law School. Campbell lives in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston with her husband Matthew and their sons Alexander and Aiden.

New Mexico

Democrat Raúl Torrez won the New Mexico election, filling the open seat left by “term-limited” AG Hector Balderas. Torrez received 55% of the vote and defeated Republican and Marine veteran Jeremy Gay. In doing so, Torrez keeps this historically Democratic seat blue (since 1930, only one Republican held the AG’s position in New Mexico).

Raúl Torrez is a former federal prosecutor and served a senior advisor in President Obama’s DOJ. For nearly a decade, Torrez acted as a prosecutor as an assistant U.S. attorney, assistant AG, and assistant district attorney, and most recently as the Bernalillo County district attorney.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Torrez to serve as a White House fellow and special counsel to the deputy AG. In that role, he represented the DOJ in criminal justice issues, including efforts to reduce Southwest border violence, crack down on drug cartels, and reduce violent crime and domestic abuse in Indian Country.

Before his legal career, Torrez helped a startup company dedicated to good government and served as the development officer for the César E. Chávez Foundation. He is a former American Bar Association/Young Lawyers Division scholar, a past deputy regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, a former treasurer for the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, and a past board member of the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation, a community-based, nonprofit organization established to pursue, foster, and promote economic development in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

Torrez graduated from Harvard University, received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and earned his law degree from Stanford University. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife and their two children.

New York

On November 8, incumbent Letitia James won reelection as New York’s AG. Initially elected in 2018, James is the first woman and the first African American to be elected to the position.

James previously served as assistant AG in the Brooklyn Regional Office in the late 1990s. She was elected to the New York City Council in 2003 and then as New York City public advocate in 2013.

In her first term as AG, James commenced a number of high-profile cases, including suits against the NRA and the Trump Organization. We previously covered her office’s actions involving antitrust and New York’s False Claims Act.

A Brooklyn native, James holds a B.A. from Lehman College, a J.D. from Howard University, and an M.P.A. from Columbia University. James previously announced her intent to run in the 2022 New York gubernatorial race, but she withdrew her candidacy to run for reelection as AG.

North Dakota

Republican nominee U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley defeated Democratic nominee Tim Lamb in North Dakota’s AG election. Wrigley, the former GOP lieutenant governor and U.S. attorney, was appointed to the AG position by Governor Dough Burgum in February 2022 when long-serving AG Wayne Stenehjen passed away shortly after announcing he would not seek another term. Wrigley’s campaign focused on his promise to deliver conservative, accountable, and law-and-order leadership to the state. When he announced his campaign, Wrigley observed “rule of law under attack” in the United States and emphasized his commitment to restoring order, public safety, and peace in North Dakota communities, drawing upon his past leadership and law enforcement experience.

Ohio

Incumbent Dave Yost (R) easily won reelection as Ohio’s AG to serve his second term in the office. He defeated Democratic challenger Jeffrey Crossman with a double-digit margin of victory.

During his first term in office, Yost focused on issues, such as the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, cold-case homicides and sexual assaults, and consumer protection from scams and robocalls. He campaigned on his experience in rooting out corruption and fraud and fighting for increased government accountability and transparency — experience he honed during his two terms as Ohio’s auditor of state. Yost also spent eight years as a county prosecutor. His second term in office should look a lot like the first one, with Yost pursuing reliably conservative positions on a variety of state and federal issues. In a statement on Tuesday, Yost described his priorities for his second term as including increasing accountability for pharmacy benefit managers in Medicaid, fighting against human trafficking, and finding money for annual training for Ohio police officers.

Yost graduated from The Ohio State University and earned his law degree from Capital University. Yost and his wife Darlene live in Franklin County.

Oklahoma

With no Democratic candidate in the race, Gentner Drummond easily won Oklahoma’s contest for AG, handily defeating Libertarian candidate Linda Steele. Drummond defeated incumbent John O’Connor in a closely contested primary earlier this year to receive the Republican nomination. Drummond previously ran for AG in 2018 where he lost in the primary runoff to Mike Hunter.

Drummond campaigned on issues, including second amendment rights, protection against federal government overreach, and protection of sexual assault victims. Fellow Republican South Carolina AG Alan Wilson congratulated Drummond on his victory, stating that “Gentner Drummond is governed by the rule of law and understands that that means putting criminals behind bars when they break the law and suing the federal government when they overstep their authority.”

Drummond served nearly eight years in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of captain. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Drummond and his wife Wendy reside in Tulsa.

Rhode Island

Democrat Peter Neronha was reelected to another four-year term over Republican Charles Calenda. Neronha was previously elected as Rhode Island’s 74th AG in 2018 and ran unopposed in September’s Democratic primary. A Democrat has held the AG position in Rhode Island since 1999.

After graduating from law school in 1989, Neronha began his legal career at the Boston law firm Goodwin Procter LLP. In 1996, Neronha joined the Rhode Island AG’s office as a special assistant and later as an assistant AG. From 2002 to 2009, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney. In 2009, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse recommended Neronha for appointment as Rhode Island’s U.S. attorney, and President Obama appointed him as the 39th U.S. attorney for the District of Rhode Island in 2009, which he served as until 2017.

Neronha has twice been appointed by the U.S. AG to terms on the AG’s Advisory Committee. As AG, Neronha focused primarily on cybercrime, corruption matters, child sex trafficking in Rhode Island and surrounding states, and combatting the state’s prescription pill and heroin crisis.

A native Rhode Islander, Neronha grew up in Jamestown and attended North Kingstown High School. He graduated from Boston College (summa cum laude) in 1985 and from Boston College Law School in 1989 where he served as a member of the Boston College Law Review. Neronha currently resides in his hometown with his wife Shelly, a primary care physician, and their two sons Zach and Josh.

South Carolina

Unsurprisingly, on November 8, South Carolina elected incumbent AG Alan Wilson for a fourth term. After defeating Republican opponent Lauren Martel in the primary election, Alan Wilson won the primary without opposition from a Democratic candidate.

Born and raised in South Carolina, Wilson continued his education in the state and then joined the South Carolina National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2000. Later, he received his J.D. from the University of Carolina School of Law, and after graduating, he served in the South Carolina AG’s office. He also worked in the private sector and at a local firm in Columbia, SC. In 2010, he successfully ran for AG and has been in the office ever since.

According to the South Carolina AG’s website, since 2010, Wilson has focused on “keeping South Carolina’s families safe, defending their freedom and protecting their futures.” He has worked with coalitions to pass public safety legislations, including the Ashley Hall bill and Emma’s law, which requires those convicted of a DUI to install an ignition interlock on their cars to monitor for BAC of 0.15 or higher. He established a task force that investigates internet crimes against children, and since establishing this task force, his office has arrested hundreds of alleged predators. Early in his tenue, he launched ethics investigations that ousted the then-lieutenant governor and then-speaker of the South Carolina House. Like other Republican AGs, he also prioritizes challenging the federal government, notably leading challenges to the federal health care mandate, as well as protecting South Carolina’s immigration and voter identification laws in courts. Since November 2013, he has served as the chairman of the Republican Attorney General Association.

South Dakota

In an unsurprising victory, Republican Marty Jackley won the election for South Dakota’s AG. Jackley faced no major-party opposition in the general election. He replaces Mark Vargo who Governor Kristi Noem appointed as acting AG after Jason Ravnsborg was impeached and removed from office earlier this year. This will be Jackley’s second stint serving as the South Dakota’s AG. He previously held the position from 2009 to 2019. During this second term, Jackley hopes to prioritize relationships with local law enforcement, including sheriffs across the state. Announcing his candidacy, he explained: “There is nothing more important than the public’s safety — and the public’s confidence in our ability to keep our families safe.”

Vermont

Democrat Charity Clark declared victory over Republican Mike Tagliavia in Vermont. Clark served as an assistant AG and as chief of staff to AG T.J. Donovan who resigned in May 2022. Clark campaigned on her leadership experience in the AG’s office. Her priorities include protecting Vermont’s environment through climate change initiatives, preventing consumer scams and illegal robocalls, advocating for criminal justice reform, and addressing violence against women. She will be the first woman to serve as Vermont’s AG.

Wisconsin

The Wisconsin AG’s race was one of the tightest in the nation. The presence of national Senate races, as well as a tightly contested gubernatorial race, likely influenced the AG’s race as voters may have been inclined to pursue a straight party-line vote. In recent years, Wisconsin has been one of the key swing states when it comes to local, statewide, and national politics. The 2022 election was no exception. Josh Kaul defeated his opponent Eric Toney — the current prosecutor of Fond du Lac, WI and Kaul’s hometown — by approximately 4,000 votes.

Incumbent Kaul was elected to the office in 2018. A native of Oshkosh and Fond do Lac, WI, Kaul’s mother Peg Lautenschlager was the last Democratic AG of Wisconsin from 2003 to 2007. After graduating from Yale, Kaul received his J.D. from Stanford University. Kaul clerked in the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals after law school and then practiced at a large international firm. In 2010, he began working for the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore, MD until he moved back to Wisconsin to work in private practice. In 2018, he successfully ran for AG and assumed office in 2019.

During his tenure as AG, Kaul focused on public safety, including combating the opioid crisis and rising incidents of methamphetamine abuse; ensuring adequate resources for state testing of sexual assault kits; and making schools safer from gun violence. In this election cycle, Kaul campaigned on his records as an advocate for public safety and protecting a woman’s right to make reproductive health care decisions.



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