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 Jeff Sessions who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017. By virtue of office, Sessions is 7th in the presidential line of succession.
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.
Partial list of Attorneys General of the United States
|Name||Term of Office|
|Edwin Meese III||February 25, 1985||August 12, 1988|
|Richard Thornburgh||August 12, 1988||August 15, 1991|
|William Barr||November 26, 1991||January 20, 1993|
|Janet Reno||March 12, 1993||January 20, 2001|
|John Ashcroft||February 2, 2001||February 3, 2005|
|Alberto Gonzales||February 3, 2005||September 17, 2007|
|Michael Mukasey||November 9, 2007||January 20, 2009|
|Eric Holder||February 3, 2009||April 27, 2015|
|Loretta Lynch||April 27, 2015||January 20, 2017|
|Jeff Sessions||February 9, 2017|