Missouri Attorney General

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Nov 07, 2018 - Jul 27, 2020


The Attorney General of Missouri is an elected constitutional office within the executive branch of the Missouri state government. The office was created in 1806 when Missouri was part of the Louisiana Territory. Missouri's first state constitution in 1820 provided for an appointed attorney general, but since the 1865 constitution, the attorney general has been elected. By law, the attorney general is a member of the Board of Fund Commissioners, the Board of Public Buildings, the Governor's Committee on Interstate Cooperation, the Missouri Highway Reciprocity Commission and the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Offices of the attorney general are located throughout the state of Missouri with the main office being in the Supreme Court building in Jefferson City. The attorney general is the attorney for the entire state, representing the legal interests of Missouri and its state agencies. As the state's chief legal officer, the attorney general must prosecute or defend all appeals to which the state is a party, including every felony criminal case appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court and courts of appeal. The attorney general also is required to institute, in the name and on behalf of the state, all civil suits and other proceedings that are necessary to protect the state's rights, interests or claims. The attorney general may appear, interplead, answer or defend any proceedings that involve the state's interests, or appear on behalf of the state in declaratory judgment proceedings when the constitutionality of a statute is challenged. The attorney general also renders official opinions to the executive and legislative branch and the county prosecuting attorneys on questions of law relating to their duties. The attorney general may institute quo warranto proceedings against anyone unlawfully holding office or move to oust any public official for malfeasance in office. To fulfill these and other responsibilities, the attorney general's office is organized into nine divisions. The salary for this position is $116,437/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Missouri Secretary of State's Office Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, that you meet other office specific qualifications and inquire as to if the application has a fee. 2) Complete the filing forms and file them with the Missouri Secretary of State's Office Elections Division. Forms differ for partisan and nonpartisan candidates. Partisan candidates will likely participate in a primary while independent candidates must acquire a stipulated amount of petitions signatures. Nonpartisan positions file differently as well. 3) File the filing forms with the Missouri Secretary of State Elections Division. If you plan to run in a partisan primary, the filing window is from February 23rd, 2016 to March 29th, 2016. If you plan to run as an independent, the deadline to file is August 1st, 2016, the fifteenth Monday immediately preceding the general election. The nonpartisan position filing window for the November general elections is from July 19th, 2016 to August 23rd, 2016. For more information about running as a partisan candidate, please contact your local party headquarters. The Missouri Secretary of State's Office Elections Division can be reached by phone at (573) 751-4936. More information can be found here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/candidates.

Submit application to:
Missouri Secretary of State, 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO, 65101, US