Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Jul 11 2019

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced he would abandon his attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census:

“Today’s announcement is a victory for the Constitution and for honest government,” Ferguson said. “The Trump Administration’s lies caught up with them. We successfully defeated a citizenship question from the 2020 Census, and we remain undefeated in our lawsuits against the Trump Administration.”

Washington was part of a coalition of states that challenged the addition of a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census.

Lawsuits against the Trump Administration

Ferguson has filed 41 lawsuits against the Trump Administration and has not lost a case. Ferguson has 21 legal victories against the Trump Administration. Twelve of those cases are finished and cannot be appealed. The Trump Administration has or may appeal the other nine, which include lawsuits involving Dreamers and 3D-printed guns. No court to rule on the merits of the Attorney General’s arguments in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration has ruled against the office.


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.



Brionna Aho, Communications Director, (360) 753-2727; Brionna.aho@atg.wa.gov