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It Turns Out RAGA Is the Perfect Place to Find Judicial Nominees

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It's the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Republican Attorneys General Association. And year 20 was good for it.

RAGA went 3-0 in this year's AG races, which the group credits to its new team and new strategy. New Executive Director, Adam Piper, and Chairman, Texas AG Ken Paxton, engaged in more spending, to the tune of over $6 million, on "heavy hitting communications" and "the first-ever field program in Kentucky in a new strategic style never used before by any of the committees," RAGA National Press Secretary Kelly Laco explained.

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These weren't only successes, but historic ones at that. Last month, Daniel Cameron became the state's first African American Attorney General, and the first Republican Attorney General since 1948, and Lynn Fitch became the first female AG elected in Mississippi.

One of the accomplishments the group is most proud of in its two decades is how many members it's propelled to the White House and/or to the federal bench. A few of the notable AG alumni to hold leadership roles within the administration include White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. Meanwhile, former GA Solicitor General Britt Grant, former TX deputy Solicitor General Andy Oldham, and former Alabama AG Bill Pryor are all on Trump's short list for SCOTUS. Lawrence VanDyke, the former Solicitor General of both Nevada and Montana, was just confirmed as a judge for the 9th Circuit.

That brings the total to 26 Republican AGs and senior staff who have been confirmed to the federal bench.

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And there be more where they came from. Rumor has it AG Cameron is putting together a stellar staff team of his own.

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