United States Attorney General

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current Attorney General, Eric Holder

The United States Attorney General is a Cabinet member in charge of the Department of Justice and as such, is often considered the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America. However this has changed in the last decade with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, as many of the bodies traditionally overseen by the Attorney General are now under the purview of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Despite this decrease in power, all prosecutorial power has been retained and the Attorney General supervises all United States Attorneys. The current Attorney General is Eric Holder who has served since 2009 when he succeeded Michael Mukasey. By virtue of office, Holder is 7th in the presidential line of succession. Holder is the first African American to become Attorney General.

The position of Attorney General has a long history and was one of the first four Cabinet positions created by George Washington, who appointed Edmund Randolph as the first occupant.

Attorney Generals of the United States

Name Term of Office
Edwin Meese IIIFebruary 25, 1985August 12, 1988
Richard ThornburghAugust 12, 1988August 15, 1991
William BarrNovember 26, 1991 January 20, 1993
Janet RenoMarch 12, 1993January 20, 2001
John AshcroftFebruary 2, 2001February 3, 2005
Alberto GonzalesFebruary 3, 2005September 17, 2007
Michael MukaseyNovember 9, 2007January 20, 2009
Eric HolderJanuary 26, 2009
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