Timeline: The Legal Troubles of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

During his tenure as Texas Attorney General, Paxton faced much controversy.

AUSTIN, Texas – Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton makes headlines again because of legal problems.

Paxton reportedly fled his home Monday to avoid a subpoena for a federal court hearing in a lawsuit by nonprofits seeking to help Texans pay for out-of-state abortions.

However, this is far from the first legal issue Paxton has faced during his tenure. During his time as Attorney General, he faced many controversies.

Below is an interactive timeline detailing some of the Attorney General’s legal troubles over the past several years:

A further breakdown of Paxton’s legal issues is below:

April 2014 – July 28, 2015

The Texas Tribune reported in April 2014 that then-senator and attorney general candidate Ken Paxton was paid to recruit clients for an investment firm but was not registered with a state board.

Paxton eventually pays a $1,000 fine.

A left-leaning group is asking the Travis County District Attorney to review the case, but prosecutors decide to wait until after the November election.

Paxton is elected Attorney General. The Travis County District Attorney is referring the case to Dallas and Collin counties, where the alleged crimes occurred.

With the statute of limitations nearing its end, the Collin County District Attorney is resigning from the case because of his relationship with Paxton. The Texas Rangers and independent special prosecutors take over the investigation and present it to a grand jury.

On July 28, 2015, Paxton was indicted.

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Paxton’s securities fraud trial is scheduled to begin in May.

In May, a state appeals court temporarily stayed Paxton’s criminal case while it considered his motion to impeach his judge.

In June, Paxton gets a new judge in its securities fraud case.


Paxton runs for re-election and wins.

October 3, 2020

A group of senior Paxton officials are asking federal police to investigate him for possible crimes, including bribery and abuse of office.

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November 5, 2020

Former senior executives in Paxton’s office claim they faced retaliation and intimidation after allegations were leveled against him.

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November 13, 2020

The Associated Press reports that Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor who was at the center of the criminal allegations against him.

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November 13, 2020

Four senior Paxton employees are filing a lawsuit alleging that he retaliated against them after alerting federal investigators to possible improper and illegal dealings with an Austin investor.

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December 10, 2020

KVUE Senior Reporter Tony Plohetski confirms that FBI agents have issued at least one federal subpoena for Texas Attorney’s Office records as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations against Paxton.

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January 11, 2021

A group of activist leaders gather outside Paxton’s office to call for his removal, claiming he is “criminal and morally unfit for office”.

RELATED: Texans call for Ken Paxton’s resignation before Texas Attorney General’s Office

March 25, 2021

Paxton’s office refuses to release any messages he sent or received while in Washington for the Jan. 6 pro-Donald Trump rally.

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June 2, 2021

Paxton is asking an appeals court to dismiss the whistleblower case brought by former top aides.

RELATED: Ken Paxton asks Court of Appeals to throw out whistleblower case brought by former top aides

June 9, 2021

The Texas Bar Association begins investigating whether Paxton’s failed efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on false allegations of cheating amounted to professional misconduct.

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August 24, 2021

An internal investigation being conducted by Paxton’s office gives him permission to break the law, following allegations from several high-level employees.

RELATED: Texas AG Ken Paxton’s office exonerates him after allegations by former senior employees

October 21, 2021

The Texas Third Circuit Court of Appeals issues an opinion saying the former employees of Paxton’s office who accused him of abuse of power and other wrongdoing are protected under the Texas Whistleblower Act. The court also upholds a previous district court decision denying Paxton’s motion to dismiss.

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January 7, 2022

Paxton is asking the Texas Supreme Court to dismiss the whistleblower lawsuit brought by four former employees who say they were fired after accusing Paxton of abuse of power and other rights violations.

RELATED: AG Ken Paxton is asking the Texas Supreme Court to dismiss the whistleblower lawsuit

February 21, 2022

The whistleblowers who sued Paxton after he fired them for accusing him of abuse of office and bribery spoke out for the first time.

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March 3, 2022

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals adds to its list a lower court ruling that shifted Paxton’s securities fraud criminal case back to Collin County.

RELATED: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals puts AG Paxton securities fraud case on record

May 6, 2022

Paxton announces the Bar Association is suing him for professional misconduct related to his 2020 presidential election lawsuit.

RELATED: Ken Paxton says he’s being sued by prosecutors for misconduct over his 2020 election lawsuit

May 25, 2022

A State Bar of Texas disciplinary committee is filing a professional misconduct lawsuit against Paxton over his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in four battleground states won by President Joe Biden.

RELATED: The Texas State Bar Association files a professional misconduct lawsuit against Ken Paxton for attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election

September 20, 2022

A district judge is throwing out the State Bar of Texas’ professional misconduct case against Brent Webster, Paxton’s top adviser, for his work on a case that challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election.

RELATED: Judge dismisses attempt to discipline Ken Paxton’s top Texas AG adviser for attempt to overturn 2020 election

September 26, 2022

Paxton is fleeing his home to avoid being served a subpoena for a federal court hearing in a lawsuit brought by nonprofits seeking to help Texans pay for outofstate abortions, according to an affidavit obtained by the federal court was filed.

Later that same day, Paxton filed a request to have the affidavit sealed, arguing that the server “hung around the attorney general’s home for over an hour, repeatedly yelled at him and accosted Paxton and his wife.” The request was granted by a US District Judge.

RELATED: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fled his home to avoid a subpoena, court filings say

Paxton is currently running for a third term against Democrat Rochelle Garza. According to a recent poll conducted by the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation and Texas TEGNA stations KVUE, KHOU, KENS, and WFAA, Paxton ranks Garza with five points (47% to 42%) among the likely voters and with seven points among the most likely (almost certain) voters (49% to 42%).

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Laura Coffey

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