Mike Hunter became Oklahoma’s 17th Attorney General on Feb. 20, 2017, continuing over three decades of public service.
Hunter was Oklahoma’s Secretary of State and special legal counsel to the Governor at the time he was selected Attorney General. In 2015 and 2016, General Hunter served as First Assistant Attorney General. As First Assistant he was the chief legal advisor for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office -- overseeing a staff of over 200 lawyers, law enforcement agents, and support staff.
Hunter also served as Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office for Governor Brad Henry and Secretary of State for Governor Keating. He was Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman J. C. Watts, Jr., and served as legal counsel to Watts in his work on the National Security Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. While in private practice as an energy and real estate lawyer, Hunter served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for six years. In 1988, he was one of eight lawmakers recognized by The Daily Oklahoman as "Oklahoma's Best Legislators."
As Attorney General, Hunter has made the safety and security of Oklahomans his main objective. He is very involved with the National Association of Attorneys General where he serves as co-chair of the Criminal Law Committee and is a member of the Human Trafficking, Veterans Affairs and the Agricultural Committees.
Hunter has prioritized curbing the state’s opioid epidemic by forming the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse, which over the last year saw seven bills signed into law. The new laws give more tools to law enforcement personnel, prevent the diversion of opioid prescriptions from flooding the market and hold distributors, manufacturers and businesses accountable through proper oversight. Hunter has filed a lawsuit on the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioids for waging a more than decade-long marketing campaign that has profited from the anguish of Oklahomans who have become addicted or died because of the crisis.
Hunter received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma and his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. He is married to Cheryl Plaxico Hunter, and they have two sons, Barrett and Brock.