March 1, 2024

Six Tennessee lawyers have applied to be the state’s next attorney general.

The applicants, all men, range in age from 45-65. Each supplied robust resumes to the Administrative Office of the Courts for consideration by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Among them is Gov. Bill Lee’s current general counsel, two former US attorneys for Middle and West Tennessee, a former state representative and a former Davidson County chancellor.

The applicants, in alphabetical order:

  • Donald Q. Cochran, Jr., 64, former US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee;

  • Jerome Cochran, 50, former state representative for the 4th legislative district;

  • David Michael Dunavant, 51, former US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee;

  • R. Culver Schmid, 63, former assistant district attorney general for Knox County;

  • Jonathan Thomas Skrmetti, 45, current general counsel to the governor and former chief deputy attorney general of Tennessee; and

  • William Edwin “Bill” Young, 65, current executive director of the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, former solicitor general of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office and a former Davidson County chancellor.

Both Donald Cochran and Dunavant were appointed by then-President Donald Trump and left the roles in 2021.

All applicant’s full resumes and applications can be found online through the court’s website, at

The new chief legal officer is expected to take the role Sept. 1.

Tennessee is the only state where the state supreme court appoints the attorney general and reporter as part of the judicial, not executive, branch of state government. The attorney general serves an eight-year term.

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Current Attorney General Herbert Slatery III was sworn into the role in October 2014 under then-Gov. Bill Haslam. The office under his leadership has taken increasing conservative stances in legal arguments alongside the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly.

Public hearings for candidate interviews are scheduled for Aug. 8 in person and will be livestreamed.

Reach reporter Mariah Timms at [email protected] or 615-259-8344 and on Twitter @MariahTimms.

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