List of Iowa Attorneys General

The Hoover State Office Building, in Des Moines, houses the office of the Iowa Attorney General
Samuel Allen Rice
Smith McPherson
John H. Mitchell
Leo Hoegh
Dayton Countryman
Norman A. Erbe
Evan Hultman
Richard C. Turner
Tom J. Miller

The List of Iowa Attorneys General includes those elected to and appointed to the post of (U.S. state of) Iowa Attorney General; the office was created February 9, 1853. The Attorney General's office is housed in the Lucas State Office Building in Des Moines.[1]


(As stated in Iowa law)

The powers and duties of the office include: representing the departments and agencies of state government; taking action for citizens in consumer protection and other areas; enforcing the state's environmental protection laws; playing a central role in the criminal justice system; and providing assistance and advocacy for the victims of crime. The Attorney General also issues legal opinions on questions of law submitted by elected or appointed state officials and defends all tort claim actions against the state. Iowa is unique in that its Attorney General belongs to the judicial branch of government, as opposed to the executive branch of government, as do 48 of the other 50 states.


Name[3][4] Took Office Left Office Party
  David C. Cloud18531856Democratic
Samuel A. Rice18561861Republican
Charles C. Nourse18611865Republican
Isaac L. Allen18651866Republican
Frederick E. Bissell18661867Republican
Henry O'Connor18671872Republican
Marsena E. Cutts18721877Republican
John F. McJunkin18771881Republican
Smith McPherson18811885Republican
Andrew J. Baker18851889Republican
John Y. Stone18891895Republican
Milton Remley18951901Republican[5]
Charles W. Mullan19011907Republican
John F. Riggs19071909Republican
Howard Webster Byers19091911Republican
George Cosson19111917Republican
H. M. Havner19171921Republican
Ben Gibson19211927Republican
John Fletcher19271933Republican
Edward L. O'Connor19331937Democratic
John H. Mitchell19371938Democratic
Fred D. Everett19391940Republican
John M. Rankin19411947Republican
Robert L. Larson19471953Republican
Leo Hoegh19531955Republican
Dayton Countryman19551957Republican
Norman A. Erbe19571961Republican
Evan Hultman19611965Republican
Lawrence F. Scalise19651967Democratic
Richard C. Turner19671979Republican
Tom Miller19791991Democratic
Bonnie Campbell19911995Democratic
Tom Miller1995presentDemocratic


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