Acting Attorney General John Scott resigns

Scott will step down this Friday just six weeks after temporarily taking over for the impeached Ken Paxton as Texas’s top law enforcement officer.


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FILE – Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott is pictured, Feb. 10, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, appointed Scott to temporarily serve as Texas’ attorney general after the House of Representatives voted to impeach Ken Paxton, a Republican, over allegations of misconduct and crimes.

Texas's acting attorney general is resigning. John Scott's departure comes after just six weeks on the job.

In a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, John Scott said he had only taken the job on the understanding it would be for a limited time and that he planned to return to the private sector. Scott's resignation takes effect this coming Friday.

Abbott named Scott to the post in late May, after the House impeached Attorney General Ken Paxton. Texas law requires that, once impeached, an elected official is suspended from office pending his or her trial in the Senate. Paxton's trial is scheduled to begin September 5. Abbott will need to name a new official to fill the state's top law enforcement position until Paxton is either cleared or convicted.

Scott, a Fort Worth attorney, gained notoriety representing former President Trump in a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania. Abbott then named Scott as secretary of state in October 2021. Scott oversaw an audit of the 2020 election results in four of the state's largest counties, including Harris County, before resigning that post last December.

Abbott has already named Angela Colmenero as the new acting attorney general. Colmenero is a longtime aide to the governor, whom he recently named his deputy chief of staff.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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