The state legislature on Tuesday appointed Solicitor General Barbara Underwood to serve as the state’s Attorney General by a 190-1 vote.
Underwood becomes the first woman to serve in the position. She was named acting Attorney General following Eric Schneiderman’s resignation earlier this month. Her term will conclude Dec. 31.
In a statement, Underwood said, “I’ve served in many roles in government throughout my career. But I believe this job – at this moment in history – is the most important job I have ever had.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also released a statement in which he called Underwood “a brilliant legal mind and an extraordinarily qualified attorney who has argued 20 cases before the Supreme Court,” adding “she will provide strong leadership and important continuity in the office of Attorney General during these challenging times.”
Auburn native Joe Holland said following Schneiderman’s resignation that Republican party officials asked him to abandon his campaign for Governor and run for Attorney General in November. Buffalo native and Harvard Law graduate Keith Wofford has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the AG’s office. Party leaders meet in Manhattan this week to select the GOP’s slate of statewide candidates.