How does one become an Attorney General?

The attorney general is popularly elected in 43 states, and is appointed by the governor in five states (Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Wyoming) and in the five jurisdictions of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands*, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In Maine, the attorney general is selected by secret ballot of the legislature, and in Tennessee, by the state Supreme Court. In the District of Columbia, the mayor appoints the attorney general.*

*Beginning with the November 2014 elections, residents of the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands will elect their attorney general.

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