List of Attorneys General of Louisiana

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The office of Attorney General of Louisiana existed from the colonial period to the present. Under Article IV, Section 8 of the Constitution of Louisiana, the Attorney General is elected statewide for a four-year term and is the chief legal officer of the state. Additionally, "the attorney general shall have authority (1) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any civil action or proceeding; (2) upon the written request of a district attorney, to advise and assist in the prosecution of any criminal case; and (3) for cause, when authorized by the court which would have original jurisdiction and subject to judicial review, (a) to institute, prosecute, or intervene in any criminal action or proceeding, or (b) to supersede any attorney representing the state in any civil or criminal action.

The attorney general shall exercise other powers and perform other duties authorized by this constitution or by law."[1]

The current Attorney General, Jeff Landry has been in office since 2016.

Territory of Orleans (1804–1812)

State of Louisiana, 1812–present

# Name Political Party Term of Office
1 Francois Xavier Martin Democratic-Republican 1812–1815
2 Etienne Mazureau Democratic-Republican 1815–1817
3 Louis Moreau-Lislet Democratic-Republican 1817–1819
4 Thomas B. Robertson Democratic-Republican 1819–1821
5 Etienne Mazureau Democratic-Republican 1821–1824
6 Isaac Trimble Preston 1824–1828
7 Alonzo Morphy 1828–1830
8 George Eustis, Sr. National Republican 1830–1833
9 Etienne Mazureau Whig 1833–1841
10 Christian Roselius Whig 1841–1843
11 Isaac Trimble Preston 1843–1846
12 William Augustus Elmore 1846-1850
13 Isaac Johnson Democratic 1850–1854
14 Isaac Edward Morse Democratic 1854–1856
15 E. Warren Moise Democratic 1856–1860
16 Thomas Jenkins Semmes Democratic 1860–1864
17 Flavillus Sidney Goode Democratic 1864–1865
18 Andrew S. Herron Democratic 1865
19 B. L. Lynch Republican 1865–1867
20 Simeon Belden Republican 1868–1871
21 Alexander Pope Field Republican 1872–1876
22 William H. Hunt Republican 1876
23 Hiram R. Steele Democratic 1876–1877
24 Horatio Nash Ogden Democratic 1877–1880
25 James C. Egan Democratic 1880–1884
26 Milton Joseph Cunningham Democratic 1884–1888
27 Walter Henry Rogers Democratic 1888–1892
28 Milton Joseph Cunningham Democratic 1892–1900
29 Walter Guion Democratic 1900–1912
30 Ruffin G. Pleasant Democratic 1912–1916
31 Adolphe V. Coco Democratic 1916–1924
32 Percy Saint Democratic 1924–1932
33 Gaston L. Porterlie Democratic 1932–1939
34 James B. Ellison Democratic 1939
35 Lessley P. Gardiner Democratic 1939–1940
36 Eugene Stanley Democratic 1940–1944
37 Fred S. LeBlanc Democratic 1944–1948
38 Bolivar Edwards Kemp, Jr. Democratic 1948–1952
39 Fred S. LeBlanc Democratic 1952–1956
40 Jack P.F. Gremillion Democratic 1956–1972
41 William J. Guste Democratic 1972–1992
42 Richard Ieyoub Democratic 1992–2004
43 Charles Foti Democratic 2004–2008
44 James D. "Buddy" Caldwell Republican
(Democratic prior to 2011)
45 Jeff Landry Republican 2016–present

Notes and sources

  1. ^ Constitution of Louisiana, Article IV, §8.

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