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Indiana Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $32,639,584
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Indiana Code, Title 4, Article 6, Chapter 1, Section 2
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Greg Zoeller
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2008
Compensation:  $92,503
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Attorney General of Indiana is a constitutional executive officer of the Indiana state government. The attorney general is the chief legal officer for Indiana. He or she is responsible for the prosecution of all civil actions brought in the name of the state of Indiana or any state agency.[1] Attorneys General are directly elected by the citizens of Indiana in presidential election years. They serve four-year terms and are not subect to term limits.

Current officeholder

The current Attorney General of Indiana is Republican Greg Zoeller. He was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.[2]


Title 4, Article 6, Chapter 1, Section 2 of the Indiana Code addresses the office of attorney general:[3]

There is created the office of attorney general for the state to be administered by an attorney general who shall be elected under IC 3-10-2-6 by the voters of the state...


Qualifications for the office of attorney general are set out in Title 4, Article 6, Chapter 1, Section 3 of the Indiana Code. To be eligible to serve in the office, an individual must be:[3]

  • a citizen of Indiana
  • licensed to practice law in Indiana


Indiana state government organizational chart

Indiana elects attorneys general in the presidential elections, that is, in leap years (e.g. 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028). The four-year term begins on the second Monday in January following the election.[4]


See also: Indiana attorney general election, 2012

Incumbent Greg Zoeller (R) won a second term as attorney general in 2012, defeating Kay Fleming (D) in the November 6 general election.

Attorney General of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Zoeller Incumbent 58% 1,453,334
     Democratic Kay Fleming 42% 1,051,504
Total Votes 2,504,838
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Term limits

There are no terms limits specified for the office.


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The Attorney General of Indiana is responsible for the prosecution of all civil actions brought in the name of the state of Indiana or any state agency.[1]

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Indiana ballot measures

The Attorney General of Indiana is responsible for all prosecution of criminal campaign finance complaints. The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Indiana Secretary of State. The secretary of state's office is responsible for investigating all complaints. The Indiana Election Commission is responsible for handling all civil law violations.[5]


The office of the Attorney General of Indiana has the following 12 divisions:[6]

  • Advisory and Opinions
  • Appeals
  • Consumer Protection
  • Identity Theft
  • Litigation
  • Medical Fraud
  • Patient Abuse and Neglect
  • Revenue
  • Telephone Privacy
  • Tobacco Enforcement
  • Unclaimed Property
  • Victim Assistance

State budget

See also: Indiana state budget and finances

The attorney general's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was $32,639,584.[7]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of executive officers in Indiana are determined by the Indiana State Legislature. In 2007, the Indiana Senate passed SB 401, which tied annual salary increases to increases received by state employees. State executive officials are not eligible for salary increases if state employees do not receive increases to their salaries.[8]


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $92,503, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $89,722, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2012, the attorney general received a salary of $89,722, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders Component

There have been 42 attorneys general since 1855. Of the 42 officeholders, 23 were Republican and 19 were Democrat.[11]

List of Former Officeholders from 1855-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 James Morrison 1855-1856 Republican Party
2 Joseph E. McDonald 1856-1860 Democratic Party
3 James G. Jones 1860-1861 Republican Party
4 John P. Usher 1861-1862 Republican Party
5 John F. Kibbey 1862-1862 Republican Party
6 Oscar B. Hord 1862-1864 Democratic Party
7 Delano E. Williamson 1864-1870 Republican Party
8 Bayless W. Hanna 1870-1872 Democratic Party
9 James C. Denny 1872-1874 Republican Party
10 Clarence A. Buskirk 1874-1878 Democratic Party
11 Thomas W. Woollen 1878-1880 Democratic Party
12 Daniel P. Baldwin 1880-1882 Republican Party
13 Francis T. Hord 1882-1886 Democratic Party
14 Louis T. Michener 1886-1890 Republican Party
15 Alonzo G. Smith 1890-1894 Democratic Party
16 William A. Ketcham 1894-1898 Republican Party
17 William L. Taylor 1898-1903 Republican Party
18 Charles W. Miller 1903-1907 Republican Party
19 James Bingham 1907-1911 Republican Party
20 Thomas M. Honan 1911-1915 Democratic Party
21 Richard M. Milburn 1915-1915 Democratic Party
22 Evan B. Stotsenburg 1915-1917 Democratic Party
23 Ele Stansbury 1917-1921 Republican Party
24 U. S. Lesh 1921-1925 Republican Party
25 Arthur L. Gilliom 1925-1929 Republican Party
26 James M. Ogden 1929-1933 Republican Party
27 Phillip Lutz, Jr. 1933-1937 Democratic Party
28 Omer Stokes Jackson 1937-1940 Democratic Party
29 Samuel D. Jackson 1940-1941 Democratic Party
30 George N. Beamer 1941-1943 Democratic Party
31 James A. Emmert 1943-1947 Republican Party
32 Cleon H. Foust 1947-1949 Republican Party
33 J. Emmett McManamon 1949-1953 Democratic Party
34 Edwin K. Steers 1953-1965 Republican Party
35 John J. Dillon 1965-1969 Democratic Party
36 Theodore L. Sendak 1969-1981 Republican Party
37 Linley E. Pearson 1981-1993 Republican Party
38 Pamela Carter 1993-1997 Democratic Party
39 Jeff Modisett 1997-2000 Democratic Party
40 Karen Freeman-Wilson 2000-2001 Democratic Party
41 Steve Carter 2001-2009 Republican Party
42 Gregory F. Zoeller 2009-Present Republican Party

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Contact information

Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-232-6201
Fax: 317-232-7979

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