The Look in Brief

Tennessee Supreme Court taps Skrmetti for Attorney General

By: - August 10, 2022 12:37 pm
Tennessee State Capitol (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee State Capitol (Photo: John Partipilo)

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday appointed Gov. Bill Lee’s chief counsel to serve as the state’s Attorney General.

The high court chose Jonathan Skrmetti to take the helm of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Skrmetti will replace current state Attorney General Herbert Slatery III, who has completed an eight-year term in office.

Skrmetti served as chief deputy in Slatery’s office from 2018 to December 2021, when he took the role of chief counsel for Gov. Lee.

Newly-appointed Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti. (Photo:
Newly-appointed Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti. (Photo:

“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 a news release. “He is an accomplished attorney with a deep understanding of Tennessee government and our judicial system.”

According to the release, Skrmetti served as a negotiator for the Attorney General’s office in a $26 billion multistate settlement of claims against Purdue Pharma for its role in fueling the opioid epidemic in Tennessee and across the nation.

Skrmetti also served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee from 2011 to 2014.

The state Supreme Court is responsible for appointing the Attorney General and spent two days this week interviewing six candidates for the post before announcing its selection of Skrmetti on Wednesday.

“It will be a privilege to continue serving the people of Tennessee as their Attorney General and Reporter,” Skrmetti is quoted in the high court’s news release. “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.”

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Jamie Satterfield
Jamie Satterfield

Jamie Satterfield is an investigative journalist with more than 33 years of experience, specializing in legal affairs, policing, public corruption, environmental crime and civil rights violations. Her journalism has been honored as some of the best in the nation, earning recognition from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Green Eyeshade Awards, the Tennessee Press Association, the Tennessee Managing Editors Association, the First Amendment Center and many other industry organizations. Her work has led to criminal charges against wrongdoers, changes in state law and citations in legal opinions and journals. She was married to the love of her life for 28 years and is now a widow and proud mother of two successful children of good character and work ethic.