Tennessee Supreme Court Picks Jonathan Skrmetti as State’s New Attorney General

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced in a statement released on Wednesday that they have selected Jonathan Skrmetti to serve as the state’s next attorney general and reporter.

“Mr. Skrmetti has dedicated the majority of his career to public service and has the breadth of experience and vision necessary to lead the Attorney General’s office for the next eight years,” Chief Justice Roger A. Page said in an official statement. “He is an accomplished attorney with a deep understanding of Tennessee government and our judicial system.”

Chief Justice Roger Page and justices Jeffrey Bivins, Holly Kirby, and Sarah Campbell are listed on the order as being in favor of Skrmetti’s appointment. They were all originally appointed to the state supreme court by Republican governors.

Justice Sharon Lee, originally a Democrat appointee, dissented in the order.

“It will be a privilege to continue serving the people of Tennessee as their Attorney General and Reporter,” Skrmetti said in the statement. “I look forward to working with the dedicated public servants at the Attorney General’s office to represent all three branches of Tennessee’s government. I thank the Supreme Court for entrusting me with this responsibility and General Herbert Slatery for his eight years of distinguished leadership.”

The court’s statement goes on to laud Skrmetti’s previous work in other positions.

“From 2018 to late 2021, Skrmetti was the Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Attorney General’s Office, where he managed approximately 160 attorneys in 15 litigating divisions and served as a negotiator in the $26 billion multi-state opioid settlement. Since December 2021, he has served as chief counsel to Governor Bill Lee,” the statement noted.

“Over his career, Skrmetti has worked extensively with the three branches of Tennessee state government, appearing before all levels of the judiciary, drafting language and advocating in support of legislation, and providing counsel to leadership throughout the executive branch,” the statement said.

“Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Skrmetti was a partner at Butler Snow LLP in Memphis. From 2011 to 2014, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, where he prosecuted federal crimes with an emphasis on human trafficking, official misconduct and hate crimes,” the court additionally said in the statement. “Skrmetti also spent five years as an Honors Program Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division/Criminal Section. During this time, he spent the vast majority of his time in West and Middle Tennessee and handled all phases of litigation. Skrmetti also served as a law clerk for Judge Steven M. Colloton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.”

Skrmetti graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He additionally earned undergraduate degrees from both the University of Oxford (England) and George Washington University. Skrmetti is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy, and the Memphis Bar Foundation.

Skrmetti will serve as the 28th Tennessee attorney general and reporter.

He takes office on September 1, 2022.

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow Aaron on GETTRTwitterTruth Social, and Parler.


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