New Attorneys General-Elect Reflect Increasing State Regulatory Enforcement

Now that midterm election season is over and the dust has settled, many states are starting the transition process and welcoming in new administrations. But some of the most important political changes can be found outside of the electoral process, in the form of newly appointed attorneys general-elect.

Wyoming Governor-elect Mark Gordon, a Republican, announced that Bridget Hill will replace Peter Michael as attorney general. Hill previously spent eight years as a staff attorney for the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. In Maine, Democrats in the state legislature nominated Representative Aaron Frey for attorney general.

The nominations of Hill and Frey maintain the current parity between Republican and Democratic attorneys general, with Democrats now holding slightly more positions nationwide.  The role of attorney general has engendered heightened public awareness in recent years, with state attorneys general expected to continue taking on more active roles in consumer protection issues and regulatory enforcement.