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 68)
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[edit]

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]

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ Lawyercentral.com 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, Vox.com, 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.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Cooper
Attorney General of Tennessee