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Herbert Slatery

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Herbert Slatery
27th Attorney General of Tennessee
Assumed office
October 1, 2014
GovernorBill Haslam
Bill Lee
Preceded byRobert Cooper
Personal details
Born (1952-03-08) March 8, 1952 (age 69)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
University of Tennessee (JD)

Herbert H. Slatery III (born March 8, 1952)[1] is an American attorney from the state of Tennessee. A Republican, he serves as the Attorney General of Tennessee.

Early life

Herbert Slatery received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.[2]


Slatery served as Bill Haslam's campaign treasurer when Haslam ran for mayor of Knoxville, and as chief legal counsel during Haslam's governorship. The Supreme Court of Tennessee chose Slatery to succeed Robert E. Cooper Jr. as attorney general on September 15, 2014.[3] He was sworn in on October 1.[4]

In April 2016, Slatery argued that an anti-transgender discrimination bill would cost the state of Tennessee millions in federal funding.[5] However, in May 2016, he said Tennessee would cover the legal costs incurred by lawsuits should specific schools in the state choose not to follow federal non-discrimination policies towards transgender students.[6] He also decided to sue the United States Department of Education over the policy.[7]

In June 2017, Slatery joined with Republican Attorneys General from nine other states, plus Idaho Governor Butch Otter, in threatening the Donald Trump administration that they would litigate if the president did not terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that had been put into place by President Barack Obama. On August 31, Slatery reversed his position, withdrew his support of the proposed lawsuit, and urged passage of the DREAM Act.[8][9]

On February 8, 2019, Slatery issued an opinion that gender identity is covered under Tennessee's hate crime laws.[10]

On December 8, 2020, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the states of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, where certified results showed Joe Biden the electoral victor over President Donald Trump, in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Slattery joined the lawsuit and an amicus brief filed by the Missouri A.G., seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election by challenging election processes in four states where Trump lost. State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro criticized Slattery for spending taxpayer money to interfere with the elections in four other states, terming his intervention as, "...embarrassing and marks a low point in the history of the office," of the Tennessee Attorney General. He termed the legal work as "notably shoddy."[11][12] and 16 other states' Attorneys General who support Paxton's challenge of the election results alleged numerous instances of unconstitutional actions in the four states' presidential ballot tallies, arguments that had already been rejected in other state and federal courts.[13] In Texas v. Pennsylvania, Paxton asked the United States Supreme Court to invalidate the states' sixty-two electoral votes, allowing Trump to be declared the winner of a second presidential term.[14] Because the suit has been characterized as a dispute between states, the Supreme Court retains original jurisdiction, though it frequently declines to hear such suits.[15] There was no evidence of consequential illegal voting in the election.[16] Paxton's lawsuit included claims that had been tried unsuccessfully in other courts and shown to be false.[17] Officials from each of the four states described Paxton's lawsuit as having recycled false and disproven claims of irregularity.[18] The merits of the objections were sharply criticized by legal experts and politicians.[19][20] Election law expert Rick Hasen described the lawsuit as "the dumbest case I've ever seen filed on an emergency basis at the Supreme Court."[21][22] Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse said the situation of Paxton initiating the lawsuit "looks like a fella begging for a pardon filed a PR stunt", in reference to Paxton's own state and federal legal issues (securities fraud charges and abuse of office allegations).[23] On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court quickly rejected the suit which Slattery had joined, in an unsigned opinion.[24]

Personal life

Slatery and his wife live in Nashville, Tennessee.[2]


  1. ^ profile
  2. ^ a b "Herbert Slatery: Governor's lawyer and friend". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Herbert Slatery III, Haslam's chief legal counsel, picked as Tennessee attorney general". September 15, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Slatery to be sworn in as Tennessee's 27th AG". October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Ring, Trudy (April 11, 2016). "Tenn. AG: Anti-Trans Bill Will 'Almost Certainly' Cost State Millions". The Advocate. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Hale, Steven (May 25, 2016). "Tennessee Joins States Suing Obama Administration Over Transgender Student Bathroom Rules". The Nashville Scene. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Gervin, Cari Wade (May 25, 2016). "Tennessee sues over transgender bathroom ruling". The Nashville Post. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  8. ^ Tennessee’s attorney general: I’ve changed my mind, DACA is good, pass the DREAM Act,, Dara Linddara, September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Texas leads 10 states in urging Trump to end Obama-era immigration program, Texas Tribune, Julián Aguilar, June 29, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Senator Jeff Yarbro Bashes AG Slatery's Support for Election Lawsuit, Memphis Flyer, Toby Sells, December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  12. ^ Missouri, Kansas sign onto lawsuit seeking to overturn presidential election, Kansas City Star, Bryan Lowry, December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Trump thought courts were key to winning. Judges disagreed, Associated Press, Coleen Long and Ed White, December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  14. ^ "Trump thought courts were key to winning. Judges disagreed". AP NEWS. December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  15. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 8, 2020). "Texas files an audacious suit with the Supreme Court challenging the election results". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  16. ^ Platoff, Emma (December 8, 2020). "In new lawsuit, Texas contests election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  17. ^ "'Publicity stunt': AGs in battleground states blast Texas counterpart for challenging Biden's win". NBC News. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  18. ^ Lindell, Chuck. "Ken Paxton asks Supreme Court to block Joe Biden victory in 4 battleground states". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  19. ^ "17 states, and Trump, join Texas request for Supreme Court to overturn Biden wins in four states". Dallas News. December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  20. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 8, 2020). "Texas files an audacious suit with the Supreme Court challenging the election results". Retrieved December 23, 2020 – via
  21. ^ "Trump and his GOP loyalists seek to pile on Supreme Court election challenge". ABC News. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  22. ^ Phillips, Amber (December 11, 2020). "Why the Texas lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election may be the most outlandish effort yet". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  23. ^ Platoff, Emma (December 10, 2020). "With election lawsuit, Ken Paxton — like Donald Trump — makes a Hail Mary play". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  24. ^ Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election, New York Times, December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 20202.

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