NY Attorney General Underwood Will Get New Role

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s current attorney general was appointed by her successor to her prior role as solicitor general, to take effect when Letitia James takes office in January.

Democrat Barbara Underwood announced the news in a tweet on Thursday. She declined to run for the office but had agreed to stay on in some capacity if James won.

James, a Democrat, made history Tuesday in becoming the first black woman elected to statewide office in New York. She also will be the state’s first black attorney general.

Underwood was appointed attorney general after Eric Schneiderman resigned in May.