Tennessee Supreme Court chooses new attorney general

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday selected Jonathan Skrmetti, a Memphis attorney, as the state’s new attorney general.

Skrmetti served as chief deputy attorney general from 2018 to 2021, where he led about 160 attorneys in 15 litigation divisions and was a negotiator in the $26 billion multistate opioid settlement, officials said. ‘State. Since December 2021, he has served as chief counsel for Governor Bill Lee.

“Mr. Skrmetti has devoted the majority of his career to public service and has the breadth of experience and vision to lead the Attorney General’s office for the next eight years,” the chief justice said. Roger A. Page “He is an accomplished attorney with a deep understanding of the Tennessee government and our legal system.”

The Supreme Court questioned six candidates before deciding on Skrmetti. Prior to joining the attorney general’s office, the Harvard graduate was a partner at Butler Snow LLP in Memphis.

“It will be a privilege to continue to serve the people of Tennessee as an attorney general and a journalist,” Skrmetti said. “I look forward to working with the dedicated officials of the Attorney General’s Office to represent all three branches of the Tennessee government. I thank the Supreme Court for entrusting me with this responsibility and General Herbert Slatery for his eight years of distinguished leadership.

Skrmetti will be the 28th attorney general and state reporter.

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