As you probably already know, the chief legal officer in the State of Texas is the Texas Attorney General. The William P. Clements State Office Building situated at 300 West 15th St in Austin is home to departmental offices. The Office of the Attorney General was first founded in 1836, by executive ordinance of the Republic of Texas government. From the onset, the Texas governor appointed the attorneys general. In 1850, a constitutional amendment made the office elective.
The Texas Attorney General is now elected to a four-year term. Here’s a description of the responsibilities and duties required of the state attorney general. The Texas Attorney General is held responsible for defending the laws and constitution of Texas. They are charged with representing the state in litigation as well as approving public bond issues. The Office of Attorney General also functions as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of the state government.
The governor and heads of state agencies can request legal opinions form the Texas Attorney General. The office is also the first line of defense when challenges are made to state laws and suits that have been brought against state agencies or individual employees of the state. Plus the office represents the Director of The Texas Department of Criminal Justice during appeals occurring from criminal convictions in the federal court system. Other duties include being a law enforcement agency and utilizes a staff of sworn peace officers that investigate special classes of offenses, going after fugitives, and conducting investigations when requested by local prosecutors. The Texas Attorney General works to secure child support and take on investigations of Medicaid fraud.