CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill that would have changed the Wyoming attorney general to a statewide elected position has failed in the state Senate.

Currently, the Wyoming attorney general is appointed by the governor.

State Republican Sen. Anthony Bouchard, of Cheyenne, proposed a bill that would have turned the job into an elected position. He says that under the current arrangement the attorney general serves the governor’s interests more so than the state’s. He noted that 43 states elect their attorney general.

However, the measure failed an 18-12 introductory vote Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Wyoming elects a governor, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, auditor and treasurer on a statewide ballot.