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Attorney General

Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a Texas resident for at least 12 months. Among duties: lawyer for the state; defends the laws and Constitution of the state; represents the state in litigation; approves public bond issues; enforces health, safety and consumer regulations; collects court-ordered child support; administers Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. Current annual salary: $150,000Plazo de cuatro años. Debe tener por lo menos 18 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos y residente de Texas por lo menos durante 12 meses. Deberes: abogado del estado; defiende las leyes y la Constitución del estado; representa al estado en demandas; aprueba los bonos públicos emitidos; pone en vigor las reglas de salud, de seguridad y de los consumidores; cobra la manutención de los niños por orden de la corte; administra el Fondo de Compensación a las Víctimas del Crimen. Salario anual actual: $150,000
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    Justin Nelson (Dem) Attorney, Law Professor

  • Ken Paxton (Rep)

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Election laws & voting rights: What specific measures do you support to facilitate voter registration, ability to vote, and representative legislative districts? Why?

Federal/state jurisdiction: Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently upheld federal jurisdiction over immigration law, on what grounds would you defend or oppose constitutionality of the law (S.B. 4) that prohibits local sanctuary city laws?

Responsibilities: Which responsibilities of the Attorney General’s office are your highest priorities for the next 4 years, and how do you intend to accomplish them?

What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

Campaign Phone (512) 964-9323
Twitter @NelsonForTexas
Education Yale University (B.A. 1997) Columbia Law School (J.D. 2000)
I am a father, a native Texan, former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, law partner at Susman Godfrey, and UT Law Adjunct Professor teaching Legislation. I will restore dignity to the office and fight for justice for all Texans.
I will fight to protect the right to vote for every Texan eligible to vote. Voting is the very essence of our democracy. We should encourage voter participation and make it easier to vote, including by exploring automatic voter registration. Texans want a fair voting system that does not discriminate. I will work to stop the outrageous practice of gerrymandering.
We need to have justice and respect for all. The Attorney General has a responsibility to enforce the law consistent with the Texas and U.S. Constitution. As the question recognizes, the federal government--not the state government--has primary jurisdiction over immigration. Due to the ongoing litigation over S.B. 4, comment on specific legal arguments is inappropriate.
My highest priority is to fight for all the people of Texas by enforcing the laws that protect us. I will fight fraud, special interests, and corruption. I will fight for consumers. I will reform our child support system and focus on child sex trafficking and cyber crime. I will fight for a system that provides justice for all and protects our democracy.
My guiding principle is to represent fairly all the people of Texas. I will fight for equal pay for equal work and a healthy environment. I will protect Texas kids, small businesses, working families, and the great diversity of our state. These priorities require an Attorney General who will advocate for all Texans. Nobody is above the law. All are equal under the law.
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