Pennsylvania Attorney General

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Feb 19, 2020 - Aug 03, 2020


The Attorney General of Pennsylvania is an elected constitutional office in the executive branch of the Pennsylvania state government. They serve as the chief law enforcement officer of Pennsylvania and represents the state and its agencies in any action brought by or against them. Additionally, the attorney general is responsible for collecting all debts, taxes and accounts due to the state. The attorney general serves as a member of boards and commissions, including the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Board of Pardons, the Board of Finance and Revenue, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network. The attorney general is popularly elected in presidential election years and cannot serve more than two successive terms in office. The basic duties of the attorney general, as outlined by the Commonwealth Attorneys Act, are to: serve as the commonwealth's chief law enforcement officer; collect all debts, taxes, and account due to the commonwealth; represent the commonwealth and all agencies in any action; brought by or against the commonwealth; administer the provision relating to consumer protection laws; represent the commonwealth and its citizens in any action brought about for violation of the antitrust laws. The salary for this position is $156,264/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the appropriate petitions or papers. 2) Complete the required nomination petitions if you plan to run in a partisan primary, or complete nomination papers if you plan to run as an independent or as part of a minor political party in the general election. Next, submit either these nomination petitions or nomination papers to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office. 3) Submit the required nomination petitions to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office between the 13th Tuesday and the 10th Tuesday prior to the primary election or( if you plan to run as an independent) submit the required nomination papers to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth office between the 10th Wednesday before the primary and August 1st. The Pennsylvania primary is held the fourth Tuesday of April during presidential election years and the third Tuesday of May during non-presidential election years. If August 1st falls on a weekend, then submit the nomination papers the first Monday of August. Independent (unaffiliated with a political party) must submit the nominating papers to appear on the ballot, not the nominating petitions. Nominating petitions are used by established political parties to appear on the ballot in lieu of a filing fee. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for more detailed instructions. If you have any questions please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation by phone at (717) 787-5280.

Submit application to:
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, 401 North St. , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120, US