To some my view that an Attorney General should have a vast number of years of legal experience is well known. Granted some agree while others disagree. So let’s review the number of years of legal experience Texas voters have required out of their current and previous Attorney General’s, shall we? How about as far back as 1983; the last 31 years.
Greg Abbott, the current Attorney General, earned his law degree in 1984 and practiced law for 18 years prior to serving as Texas 50th Attorney General.
Abbott preceded John Cornyn.
John Cornyn received his law degree in 1977 and practiced law for 22 years prior to serving as Texas 49th Attorney General.
Cornyn preceded Dan Morales.
Dan Morales received his law degree in 1981 and practiced law for 10 years prior to serving as Texas 48th Attorney General.
Morals preceded Jim Maddox.
Jim Maddox received his law degree in 1968 and practiced law for 15 years prior to serving as Texas 47th Attorney General.
Fast forward to today: Ken Paxton, Dan Branch, and Barry Smitherman are running for Texas Attorney General.
Ken Paxton received his law degree in 1991 and practiced law for 22 prior to running for Texas Attorney General.
Dan Branch received his law degree in 1983 and practiced law for 31 years prior to running for Texas Attorney General.
According to an open records act response received by Big Jolly Politics, Barry Smitherman practiced law for 15 months prior to running for Texas Attorney General. Yes, you read that correctly — 15 months.
Paxton has mentioned numerous times that Smitherman could not get a job at the Attorney General Office with his meager experience. Today, PoliticFact shows Paxton’s statement to be “MOSTLY TRUE” Smitherman could not get a job with the AG’s office with less than 3 years legal experience.
So, in closing, when you read a post by a Smitherman supporter who seeks to bring you on board the Smitherman campaign via duplicitous claims of experience, you now have a tad bit more information to refute their claim.
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