Table 4.20

Attorneys General: Qualifications for Office


FIPS State or other
jurisdiction
Minimum age U.S. citizen
(years) (b)
State
resident
(years) (b)
Qualified
voter (years)
Licensed
attorney (years)
Membership in
the state bar
(years)
Method of
selection to
office
01Alabama*2575E
02Alaska18A
04Arizona251055E
05ArkansasE
06California*185E
08Colorado*272E
09Connecticut181010E
10DelawareE
12Florida*3075E
13Georgia*2510477E
15Hawaii11(d)A
16Idaho302E
17Illinois*253E
18Indiana225E
19Iowa*18E
20Kansas*E
21Kentucky302 (e)8E
22Louisiana*255E
23Maine*(f)
24Maryland✓(g)10E
25Massachusetts185E
26Michigan18E
27Minnesota2130 daysE
28Mississippi*2655E
29Missouri*1E
30Montana*2525E
31Nebraska*E
32Nevada*252E
33New Hampshire*A (h)
34New Jersey*18A
35New Mexico*305E
36New York*305(i)E
37North Carolina21(i)E
38North Dakota255E
39Ohio18E
40Oklahoma*3110E
41Oregon18E
42Pennsylvania30E
44Rhode Island*18E
45South Carolina*30 daysE
46South Dakota*18(i)(i)E
47Tennessee*(j)
48Texas1(i)(i)E
49Utah255 (e)E
50Vermont18E
51Virginia301 (k)5 (k)E
53Washington*18E
54West Virginia*255E
55WisconsinE
56Wyoming*44A (l)
11Dist. of Columbia*A
60American Samoa*(c)(i)(i)A
66Guam*A
69CNMI* **35A
72Puerto Rico*A
78U.S. Virgin Islands*A

Source:

The Council of State Governments' survey of attorneys general offices, 2022.

Key:

* Information from The Council of State Governments’ survey of attorneys general offices and review of state websites, 2021.
** Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
✓ — Formal provision; number of years not specified.
✕ — No formal provision.
A — Appointed by governor.
E — Elected by voters.

Footnotes:

(a) In some states you must be a U.S. citizen to be an elector, and must be an elector to run.
(b) In some states you must be a state resident to be an elector, and must be an elector to run.
(c) No statute specifically requires this, but the State Bar Act can be interpreted as making this a qualification.
(d) No period specified, all licensed attorneys are members of the state bar
(e) State citizenship requirement
(f) Chosen biennially by joint ballot of state senators and representatives
(g) Crosse v. Board of Supervisors of Elections 243 Md. 555, 221A.2d431 (1966)–opinion rendered indicated that U.S. citizenship was, by necessity, a requirement for office.
(h) Appointed by the governor and confirmed by the governor and the executive council.
(i) Implied
(j) Appointed by state supreme court.
(k) Same as qualifications of a judge of a court of record.
(l) Must be confirmed by the Senate.