Alabama is neither the richest nor the biggest state in the U.S., but it now has the highest paid state attorney general.
The former No. 1, California Attorney General Jerry Brown, took a pay cut that moved Alabama's Troy King into first place. Brown dropped from slightly more than $184,000 to $151,000 on Monday.
A national ranking of pay for attorneys general shows King's is highest, at $168,000.
His chief of staff said King doesn't control his own pay. A 1969 state law makes the attorney general's pay equal to that of the associate justices on the Alabama Supreme Court. It has moved the Alabama attorney general's salary higher than in more populous states, even though Alabama is traditionally among the poorer, low-wage states.