Attorney General Greg Abbott is the lawyer for the State of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to:
defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas
represent the State in litigation
approve public bond issues
To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.