Wyoming is one of only five states where the Attorney General is appointed by the Governor. I believe that the attorney general should be an elected position so that the office will be accountable to the people.
Since 2004 there have been at least three legislative attempts to change the attorney general to an elected position – each effort was introduced in the House and each died in the House. In 2004 (HB0087) passed introduction with a vote of 41 to 17, but then was indefinitely postponed; in 2005 House Resolution HJ0002 passed introduction, but then died in committee; and in 2014 (HB0109) failed introduction altogether.
While we do have some Constitutional conservatives in our state legislature, we don’t have enough yet to provide the necessary majority in both the House and Senate to make the Attorney Generals’ office into an elected position. If I’m elected to House District 57, I will bring constitutionally conservative representation to add to the needed majority! In the next post, I’m going to talk a little more about why having an elected Attorney General is important.
Here’s one of the many reasons Wyoming should elect its Attorney General: currently, the Attorney General consults with the Governor in deciding whether to sue the federal government. With an elected AG, the Attorney General would be accountable to the people for these decisions. For example, Wyoming is not one of the 25 states challenging the Obama administration’s unconstitutional and illegal DAPA (Undocumented immigrants parents have an opportunity to avoid deportation with the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability) executive memorandum.
How on earth is Wyoming not on this challenge? If we had an elected Attorney General, we would be able to keep the Attorney General accountable for this decision.