A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Accountability
Acid Rain
Advice and Consent
Affirm
Alderman
Alleged
Alternative Minimum Tax
Ambassador
Amendment Process
Amicus Curiae
Appeals Court
Appropriation
Arbiter
Arbitrary
Articles of Confederation
Assessor
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Attorney General
Auditor
Authoritarianism
Authority
Average Tax Rate
Attorney General
The attorney general of the United States is the head of the Department of Justice and the federal government’s chief law enforcement officer, responsible for representing and advising the government in legal matters and overseeing the administration of federal laws. The office was established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, and attorney generals are nominated by the president and confirmed by Congress. U.S. states, commonwealths and territories have attorney generals as well; their authority includes enforcing state (or territory) laws, prosecuting state civil suits, proposing legislation and representing the state in court proceedings.