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Office of Attorney General of Texas

Office of Attorney General of Texas

1 Member – 4 Years

General Information

Agency #: 302209 West 14th St. (78701)P.O. Box 12548Austin, TX 78711-2548

  • (512) 463-2100
  • Crime Victims: (800) 983-9933
  • Consumer Protection: (800) 621-0508
  • Toll Free: (800) 252-8011
  • Child Support Enforcement: (800) 252-8014
  • Open Government Hotline: (877) 673-6839
  • Press Office: (512) 463-2050

Tel: (512) 475-2994



Office of Attorney General of Texas


First Assistant Attorney General
Jeffrey C. Mateer
(512) 463-2191
Chief of Staff
Katherine Cary
(512) 463-2191
Director of Scheduling
Landry Jones
(512) 936-1874
Senior Legislative Advisor to the AG
Ben Williams
(512) 463-2191
Senior Counsel to the Attorney General
Zina Bash
(512) 463-2191
Special Counsel to the First Assistant AG
David Hacker
(512) 463-2191
Senior Counsel for Public Protection
Paul Singer
(512) 463-2191
Office of Attorney General of Texas- Solicitor General
Kyle Hawkins
(512) 936-1700
Deputy Solicitor General
Bill Davis
(512) 936-1700
Deputy Solicitor General
Matt Frederick
(512) 936-1700
Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel
Ryan Bangert
(512) 463-2191
Associate Deputy AG for Special Litigation
Patrick Sweeten
(512) 463-4139
Deputy Attorney General for Administration
Lacey Mase
(512) 463-2191
Director of Child Support & IV-D Director
Ruth Anne Thornton
(512) 460-6000
Associate Director for Child Support
Steve Roddy
(512) 460-6000
Associate Deputy for CS Legal Services
Joel Rogers
(512) 460-6000
Deputy AG for Civil Litigation
Darren McCarty
(512) 463-2191
Associate Deputy AG for Civil Litigation
Nichole Bunker-Henderson
(512) 463-2191
Director of Law Enforcement
David Maxwell
(512) 463-2191
Deputy AG for Criminal Justice
Mark Penley
(512) 463-2191
Associate Deputy AG for Criminal Justice
Lisa Tanner
(512) 463-2170
Associate Deputy AG for Criminal Justice
Angela Goodwin
(512) 463-2170
Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Initiatives
Steve Pier
(512) 463-2057
Associate Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Initiatives
Ryan Fisher
(512) 463-2057
Deputy Director of Communications and Senior Advisor
Marc Rylander
(512) 463-2191
Associate Deputy for Legal Policy and Communications
John Ellis
(512) 463-2191
Chief Information Officer/Information Resources Manager
Rudy Montoya
(512) 463-2191
Office of Attorney General of Texas – Controller
Michele Price
(512) 463-2191
Employee Ombudsman
Katherine Manderson
(512) 936-1208
Child Support Ombudsman
Stephanie Neely
(512) 460-6124
Accessibility Coordinator
Anthony Moore
(512) 463-4091
Keith Hafer
(512) 473-2008
Administrative Law
Craig Pritzlaff
(512) 475-4300
Admin. and Law Information Technology
Tina McLeod
(512) 475-4616
Kim VanWinkle
(512) 936-1644
Bankruptcy and Collections
Rachel Obaldo
(512) 463-2173
Grant Weaver
(512) 475-4911
Child Support Administrative Operations
Hayley Hall
(512) 460-6137
Child Support Contract Operations
Michael Gray
(512) 460-6664
Child Support Program Innovation
Amanda Vasquez
(512) 460-6000
Civil Medicaid Fraud
Raymond Winter
(512) 463-2185
Constituent Affairs
Cyritha Riley Reed
(512) 475-4413
Consumer Protection
Jennifer Jackson
(512) 463-2185
Crime Victim Services
Gene McCleskey
(512) 936-1200
Office of Attorney General of Texas – Criminal Appeals
Ed Marshall
(512) 936-1400
Criminal Investigations
Cody Smirl
(512) 936-9570
Criminal Prosecutions
Lisa Tanner
(512) 463-2170
Enterprise Information Security
Claudia Escobar
(512) 936-0679
Environmental Protection
Priscilla Hubenak
(512) 463-2012
Executive Project Management Office
Rod Napier
(512) 475-4390
Facilities and Asset Management
Tom Taylor
(512) 305-8759
Financial Litigation & Charitable Trusts
Joshua Godbey
(512) 463-2018
General Counsel
Ryan Vassar
(512) 475-3210
General Litigation
Tom Albright
(512) 463-2120
Grants Administration
Melissa Foley
(512) 463-0826
HUB Coordinator
Shawn Constancio
(512) 475-4411
Human Resources
Greg Simpson
(512) 463-2009
Information Governance
April Norris
(512) 936-1756
Office of Attorney General of Texas – Internal Audit
Angelia Harris
(512) 475-4923
Law Enforcement Defense Division
Shanna Molinare
(512) 463-2080
Legal Technical Support
David Falk
(512) 475-4625
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Stormy Kelly
(512) 371-4710
Open Records
Justin Gordon
(512) 936-6736
Opinion Committee
Jennie Hoelscher
(512) 463-2110
Amanda Sanders
(512) 463-1861
Procurement and Contract Operations
Lisa Massock
(512) 475-4509
Public Finance
Leslie Brock
(512) 475-2929
Public Information Coordinator
Lauren Downey
(512) 475-4213
Tax Division
Jack Hohengarten
(512) 463-2002
Tort Litigation
Kara Kennedy
(512) 463-2197
Office of Attorney General of Texas – Transportation
Randy Hill
(512) 463-2004

Texas Attorney General

The Texas Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Texas. The current Attorney General Ken Paxton has served in this position since January 5, 2015.

The department has offices at the William P. Clements State Office Building in Downtown Austin


The Office of the Attorney General was first established by executive ordinance of the Republic of Texas government in 1836. The attorneys general of the Republic of Texas and the first four attorneys general under the 1845 state constitution were appointed by the governor. The office was made elective in 1850 by constitutional amendment.

The Attorney General is elected to a four-year term. In 2013, former Attorney General Greg Abbott announced he would not seek reelection and would run for Governor. In November 2014, he was elected as the Governor of Texas. Ken Paxton defeated former House Representative Dan Branch in the Republican primary by a 26% margin and was elected easily in the general election as the 50th Attorney General of Texas, (there is a historical dispute whether he is the 50th or 51st Attorney General). Ken Paxton was sworn in on January 5, 2015, in the Senate Chamber in the Texas Capitol. Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, United States Senator Ted Cruz, and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Dan Patrick all participated in the swearing-in ceremony.

Duties and responsibilities

Office of Attorney General of Texas - Ken Paxton

The Attorney General is charged by the state constitution to represent the state in civil litigation and approve public bond issues. There are nearly 2,000 references to the Office of the Attorney General in state laws.

The Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the state. These duties include representing the Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in appeals from criminal convictions in federal courts.

The Texas Constitution gives the Attorney General no general law-enforcement powers; instead it limits the Attorney General’s authority in criminal cases to that dictated by statute. The Texas Legislature has not given the Attorney General broad law-enforcement authority, but permits the Attorney General to act in criminal cases “at the request of” prosecutors.

The Office of the Attorney General, Law Enforcement Division employs a staff of sworn commissioned Texas peace officers (state police) that investigate public corruption, violent crime, human trafficking, money laundering, medicaid provider fraud, mortgage fraud, election violations, cybercrime, fugitives (apprehension), investigate other special classes of offenses, and conduct criminal investigations at the request of local prosecutors. In addition, the Law Enforcement Division is the state of Texas liaison to Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

The office is also charged with proceedings to secure child support through its Child Support Division.

Office of Attorney General of Texas