The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the only national organization whose mission is electing Republicans to the Office of State Attorney General. RAGA supports our 27 current Republican attorneys general and recruits outstanding candidates, providing them with research and financial support as well as assisting in message development. Through robust candidate recruitment RAGA brings effective public servants to the office of AG and deepens our Party’s talent pool from which many future Governors and U.S. Senators will be drawn.
In 1999, a few Republican AGs formed RAGA to address the lack of commitment by some state attorneys general to defend federalism, adhere to the law, and apply a common sense, free market approach to governing. In its first election year, RAGA made its mark on American politics by emerging as the only Republican organization to gain seats during the hard-fought 2000 elections. In just 16 years RAGA has multiplied its effectiveness, culminating with the 2014 elections, when we grew the number of Republican attorneys general from 24 to take the clear majority with 27. The success was a direct result of our high quality candidates and strong financial support from our members.
- Republican attorneys general hold 27 seats across the country, and our Chairman, Attorney General Bill Schuette (MI), leads RAGA.
- Republican attorneys general scored a major victory against Obamacare that allowed states to choose whether or not to participate in Medicaid expansion. They also have pending suits challenging the ability of the IRS to enforce certain provisions and assess penalties in the 34 states without state health exchanges.
- They have sued the EPA over its egregious proposal to unreasonably pick and choose sources of energy and, in a separate suit, are fighting the EPA’s attempt to vastly expand control over “waters of the U.S.”
- Republican attorneys general have challenged the constitutionality of Dodd-Frank.
- Arizona won a successful challenge against the National Labor Relations Board which challenged the state’s constitutional amendment guaranteeing worker’s rights to vote by secret ballot on whether to join a union. This case set valuable precedent that will allow these issues to be resolved at the state, not federal, level.
- Republican AGs played a pivotal role in defeating the NLRB's politically motivated attempt to disallow Boeing's business expansion in South Carolina.
- Republican AGs have called for tougher laws to prevent patent trolls from stifling American innovation.
RAGA works with attorneys general across the country to support the rule of law, limited government, cooperative federalism, legal reform, free enterprise, aggressive crime fighting, equal opportunity, and the preservation of conservative values. Republican attorneys general are more important than ever before as the last line of defense in our states against an aggressive federal government.
In his first term, President Obama and his Administration increasingly took steps requiring states to defend their laws and citizens’ personal freedoms. Nearing the end of his presidency, the President has made it clear he will liberally use executive orders and circumvent the law by directing federal agencies to force an agenda he knows cannot gain Congressional approval.