Ken Paxton

Gov. Abbott names another interim attorney general to stand in for impeached Ken Paxton

Anglea Colmenero's appointment goes into effect at 10 a.m. Friday -- she previously worked in the Texas Attorney General's Office with Greg Abbott

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has named a second interim attorney general to stand in for Ken Paxton who was automatically suspended in May after the Texas House voted to impeach him over allegations of misconduct and crimes.

The governor on Monday appointed Angela Colmenero as the state's next interim attorney general after announcing his first pick, Fort Worth attorney John Scott, was leaving the position.

"John Scott faithfully executed his duties as the interim Attorney General of Texas, and I thank him for his leadership in stepping up to serve his fellow Texans in this role," Abbott said in a statement, offering no other details about Scott's departure.

In his resignation letter to Abbott, Scott said he was confident that under his successor the office would continue to thrive while protecting the laws and citizens of Texas.

“The honor of serving as the provisional Attorney General of Texas was always with an understanding that my duration would be limited in time. Governor Abbott honored my request which allows me to return to working as a consultant, attorney and board member for a broad variety of companies," Scott said in a statement. "The women and men of the Office of the Attorney General are exceptional as are their daily efforts in representing all Texans. Working beside them these past weeks was an opportunity to again serve in an organization that was for me, the very best professional experience of my life.”

Colmenero, whose appointment goes into effect at 10 a.m. Friday, worked as an assistant attorney general when Abbott was Texas Attorney General and most recently worked as his deputy chief of staff. In 2018 she moved from the attorney general's office to the governor's office working first as deputy general counsel to the governor and then in 2021 she was named principal deputy general counsel to the governor.

"Angela's record of experience in state government and expertise in litigation will help her oversee the Texas Attorney General's Office and serve as our state’s top law enforcement officer as the Texas Senate conducts impeachment proceedings," Abbott said in a statement Monday.

Paxton's impeachment hearing begins Sept. 5 in the Texas Senate. If two-thirds of Senators agree on the Articles of Impeachment, Paxton would be removed from office. Paxton was reelected Texas Attorney General in November 2022 and the seat does not come up for reelection until November 2026.

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