Attorney General of Kansas

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Kansas Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
FY Budget:  $22,291,527
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Derek Schmidt
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $98,901
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of Kansas is one of four statewide constitutional offices in Kansas. The office is the chief law enforcement agency for the state. The attorney general provides legal services to state agencies and boards, protects consumers from fraud, assists the victims of crime and defends the state in civil proceedings. The attorney general is directly elected in federal midterm years and serves a term of four years.

Current officeholder

The current attorney general is Republican Derek Schmidt. Schmidt was first elected in 2010, unseating incumbent Stephen Six in the November 2 general election. A member of the Kansas State Senate at the time of his election, Schmidt resigned his seat upon assuming the attorney general's office on January 10, 2011. Schmidt won a second term as attorney general in 2014.


The attorney general's powers are derived from Article 1 of the Kansas Constitution.

Article 1, Section 1:

The constitutional officers of the executive department shall be the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, who shall have such qualifications as are provided by law.


There are no constitutional or statutory qualifications for this office.[1]


Kansas state government organizational chart
See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

As with other executive officers, the attorney general is elected to serve for a term of four years, which runs concurrently with the term of the governor. The election is held in November during federal midterm years (e.g. 2014, 2018, 2022, 2016) and the winner takes office the following January.


See also: Kansas attorney general election, 2014
Attorney General of Kansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Schmidt Incumbent 66.8% 564,766
     Democratic A.J. Kotich 33.2% 281,105
Total Votes 845,871
Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.

Term limits

There is no term limit for this office. (Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1)


Article 1, Section 11 addresses the legal procedure for filling Vacancies in Executive Offices.

When the office of secretary of state or attorney general is vacant, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term. If the secretary of state or attorney general is disabled, the governor shall name a person to assume the powers and duties of the office until the disability is removed.


The Attorney General of Kansas is the state's chief legal official and law enforcement official. The attorney general's office carries out its prescribed duties through the coordinated efforts of its constituent divisions. The office is responsible for protecting consumers from fraud, assisting the victims of crime, defending the state in civil proceedings, giving legal council to the state's various agencies and boards and ensuring the legal integrity of overall governmental operations as per Kansas' constitutional guidelines and state code.

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Kansas ballot measures

The Kansas Attorney General has authority over discipline of campaign finance law violations if it involves criminal laws or other matters that are not specified in the jurisdiction of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission (KGEC). It is up to the KGEC to determine the validity of a complaint before beginning any investigation.[2]


Each of the seven divisions that make up the Office of the Kansas Attorney General is charged with performing a different set of duties.[3]

  1. Civil Litigation Division
  2. Consumer Protection Division
  3. Criminal Litigation Division
  4. Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  5. Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division
  6. Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division
  7. Victims' Services Division

State budget

See also: Kansas state budget and finances

The attorney general's budget for fiscal year 2012 was $22,291,527.[4]


The salary of the attorney general, along with other Kansas elected executives, is determined by the Kansas State Legislature. Article I, Section 13 maintains state executive salaries as legally fixed and may not be reduced during the current term, unless such a reduction applies to all salaried state officers.[5] However, under Article 15, Section 7 the legislature may reduce the salary of an elected officer for gross neglect of duty.[6]

Kansas Constitution, Article 1, Section 13

Compensation of officers. The officers mentioned in this article shall at stated times receive for their services a such compensation as is established by law, which shall not be diminished during their terms of office, unless by general law applicable to all salaried officers of the state. Any person exercising the powers and duties of an office mentioned in this article shall receive the compensation established by law for that office.

Kansas Constitution, Article 15, Section 7

Salaries reduced for neglect of duty. The legislature may reduce the salaries of officers, who shall neglect the performance of any legal duty.


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $98,901, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $98,901. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2011, the attorney general received a salary of $98,901.[9]

Historical officeholders

There have been 44 Kansas Attorney Generals since 1861. There were also three attorneys general of the Kansas Territory between 1854-1861. Of the 47 officeholders, 35 were Republican, seven were Democrat, two were Populist and three unknown.

List of Former Officeholders from 1861-Present
# Name Tenure Party
1 Andrew Jackson Isacks 1854-1857 NA
2 William Weer 1857-1858 NA
3 Alson C. Davis 1858-1861 NA
4 Benjamin Franklin Simpson 1861 Electiondot.png Democratic
5 Charles Chadwick 1861 Ends.png Republican
6 Samuel Adams Stinson 1861-1863 Ends.png Republican
7 Warren William Guthrie 1863-1865 Ends.png Republican
8 Jerome D. Brumbaugh 1865-1867 Ends.png Republican
9 George H. Hoyt 1867-1869 Ends.png Republican
10 Addison Danford 1869-1871 Ends.png Republican
11 Archibald L. Williams 1871-1875 Ends.png Republican
12 Asa Maxson Fitz Randolph 1875-1877 Ends.png Republican
13 Willard Davis 1877-1881 Ends.png Republican
14 William Agnew Johnston 1881-1884 Ends.png Republican
15 George Price Smith 1884-1885 Electiondot.png Democratic
16 Simeon Briggs Bradford 1885-1889 Ends.png Republican
17 Lyman Beecher Kellogg 1889-1891 Ends.png Republican
18 John Nutt Ives 1891-1893 Electiondot.png Democratic
19 John Thomas Little 1893-1895 Populist
20 Fernando Brenton Dawes 1895-1897 Ends.png Republican
21 Louis C. Boyle 1897-1899 Populist
22 Aretas Allen Godard 1899-1903 Ends.png Republican
23 Chiles Crittendon Coleman 1903-1907 Ends.png Republican
24 Fred Schuyler Jackson 1907-1911 Ends.png Republican
25 John Shaw Dawson 1911-1915 Ends.png Republican
26 Sardius Mason Brewster 1915-1919 Ends.png Republican
27 Richard Joseph Hopkins 1919-1923 Ends.png Republican
28 Charles Benjamin Griffith 1923-1927 Ends.png Republican
29 William A. Smith 1927-1930 Ends.png Republican
30 Roland Boynton 1930-1935 Ends.png Republican
31 Clarence Victor Beck 1935-1939 Ends.png Republican
32 Jay S. Parker 1939-1943 Ends.png Republican
33 Alexander Baldwin Mitchell 1943-1947 Ends.png Republican
34 Edward F. Arn 1947-1949 Ends.png Republican
35 Harold Ralph Fatzer 1949-1956 Ends.png Republican
36 John Anderson, Jr. 1956-1961 Ends.png Republican
37 William M. Ferguson 1961-1965 Ends.png Republican
38 Robert C. Londerholm 1965-1969 Ends.png Republican
39 Kent Frizzell 1969-1971 Ends.png Republican
40 Vern Miller 1971-1975 Electiondot.png Democratic
41 Curt T. Schneider 1975-1979 Electiondot.png Democratic
42 Robert T. Stephan 1979-1995 Ends.png Republican
43 Carla J. Stovall 1995-2003 Ends.png Republican
44 Phill Kline 2003-2007 Ends.png Republican
45 Paul Morrison 2007-2008 Electiondot.png Democratic
46 Stephen Six 2008-2011 Electiondot.png Democratic
47 Derek Schmidt 2011- Ends.png Republican

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six
Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor
120 Southwest 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: (785) 296-2215
Toll Free Phone: (888) 428-8436
Fax: (785) 296-6296

See also

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