The Colorado Attorney General’s Office, dates back over 150 years, with its beginnings in the creation of the Colorado territory in 1861. During Colorado’s territorial days, from 1861 to 1876, it is believed that seven people served as the appointed Attorney General. Upon statehood in 1876, the State Constitution established that the Colorado Attorney General would be one of four independently elected statewide offices. Thirty-nine people have served as Colorado’s elected Attorney General.
The list of those who have served includes gold rush opportunity seekers, war heroes, and individuals with distinguished legal and political careers. Some Attorneys General went on to become state and federal judges, and others held additional elected positions, including serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
The work of the office has changed over the years, from cattle rustling to labor unrest, to wartime concerns, liquor and cigarette smuggling, and on to consumer protection and natural resources.
Today, the Attorney General and the Department of Law, collectively referred to as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, continue to represent and defend the legal interests of the people of the State of Colorado and its sovereignty.
While the information below is not an exhaustive history, it helps to provide a snapshot of the dedicated men and women who have served the State of Colorado and its citizens as the Attorney General.
The information below, includes text and information from The People’s Lawyer, by John Suthers, published by Morris Publishing in 2007. The employee committee that helped to conduct the research includes: Catherine Adkisson, Jane Christman, Darlene Hill, Patrick Kowaleski, Susan Lin, Casey Shpall, Mary Jane Vinette, and Jan Zavislan.