Tennessee Legislator Introduces Amendment To Directly Elect Attorney General

Dec 26, 2019

Representative Bruce Griffey
Credit Screenshot / Tennessee General Assembly

A Tennessee state lawmaker from Paris wants to change the way the state’s attorney general ascends to the office. 

Currently the state’s constitution requires the Supreme Court to appoint the attorney general to an eight-year term. Members of the Tennessee Supreme Court are appointed by the governor.

Seventy Fifth District State Representative Bruce Griffey is behind a joint resolution to begin the process of amending the state’s constitution to require the attorney general to stand for statewide election. The proposed amendment calls for the attorney general and state reporter to be popularly elected every four years with limits of two consecutive terms. 

The amendment if ratified would make Tennessee the forty fourth state to directly elect their attorney general.