Attorney General of Nevada
|Nevada Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$13,548,852|
|Term limits:||Two terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Nevada Constitution, Article V, Section 19|
|Name:||Adam Paul Laxalt|
|Assumed office:||January 5, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 Campaign finance
- 9 State budget
- 10 Compensation
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact Information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
The attorney general may also work with or help district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice. In addition, the attorney general establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Nevadans from fraud or illegal activities that target consumers or threaten public safety, and enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources. Under the state Constitution, the attorney general is elected to a four-year term.
The current officeholder is Adam Paul Laxalt (R). He was first elected to office on November 4, 2014. Laxalt replaced Catherine Cortez Masto (D), who was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.
Under Article V, Section 19:
A Secretary of State, a Treasurer, a Controller, and an Attorney General, shall be elected at the same time and places, and in the same manner as the Governor.
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
The Attorney General of Nevada is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years in length. As specified in Article V, Section 19 of the Nevada State Constitution, a limit of two four-year terms is imposed on those who occupy this statewide position.
- See also: Nevada Attorney General election, 2014
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2014|
|Republican||Adam Paul Laxalt||46.2%||251,379|
|Independent American||Jonathan Hansen||5.6%||30,513|
|Independent||None of these candidates||2.9%||15,629|
|Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.|
- See also: Nevada Attorney General election, 2010
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2010|
|Democratic||Catherine Cortez Masto Incumbent||57.3%||371,887|
|Ind. American||Joel F. Hansen||4%||26,060|
|Election Results Via: Nevada Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results|
On November 7, 2006, Catherine Cortez Masto won election to the office of Attorney General of Nevada. She defeated Don Chairez in the general election.
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2006|
|Democratic||Catherine Cortez Masto||56.4%||303,587|
|Election Results Via: Nevada Secretary of State Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results|
On November 5, 2002, Brian Sandoval won election to the office of Attorney General of Nevada. He defeated John Hunt and Jonathan Hansen in the general election.
|Attorney General of Nevada, 2002|
|Independent American||Jonathan Hansen||4%||20,018|
|Election Results Via: Nevada Office of the Secretary of State (timed out)|
As established by Article 5, Section 8 of the Nevada Constitution, in the event of a vacancy, the governor fills the office by appointment. The appointee serves until a successor is elected and qualified.
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The office is divided into the following divisions:
- Bureau of Consumer Protection:Enforces consumer protection statutes; consumer rights education; filing consumer complaints; advocating consumer voice in cases with privately held utility companies.
- Civil: largest division of the attorney general, which is providing legal representation to over 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.
- Criminal Justice:Criminal Justice Division is composed of 4 prosecution units in 4 regional offices across the state. These units are: the Public Integrity Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit and Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit.
- Gaming: A large portion of the division's litigation is composed of disciplinary actions brought against gaming licensees for violations of gaming regulations and statutes, litigating disputes regarding the proper payment of taxes and fees, hearings on the surrender of gaming licenses for non-payment of taxes, and actions to add to the list of excluded persons (Black Book).
- Health and Human Services: includes its Divisions of Healthcare Finance and Policy (Medicaid), Welfare and Supportive Services, Health, Mental Health and Developmental Services, Aging Services and the Division of Child and Family Services.
- Information Services
- Investigations:investigate criminal offenses committed by state officers and employees
- Litigation: It provides litigation assistance and advice to deputy attorneys general in other Divisions handling their own litigation.
- Transportation and Public Safety
- Specialized areas:
- Domestic Violence Unit
- Insurance Fraud Unit
- Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
- Nevada Missing Children's Clearinghouse
- Nevada Technological Crime Board
- Open Meeting Law Enforcement Unit
- Private Investigator's Licensing Board
- Public Integrity Unit
- Senior Medicare Patrol
- Tobacco Unit
- Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit
- Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Nevada ballot measures
The Attorney General of Nevada is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws. All complaints are referred to the Attorney General from the Secretary of State's Office. The first step in filing a complaint against a person or a committee is to file with the Secretary of State. The Attorney General handles all complaints regardless if it involves civil or criminal law.
- See also: Nevada state budget and finances
The Office of the Attorney General's budget for 2012-2013 was $13,548,852.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Article 17, Section 5 of the Nevada Constitution mandates the salary of the attorney general for the first term in office. However Article 15, Section 9 provides that the state legislature may at any time increase or decrease the compensation, effective during the subsequent term. Since January, 2011, and on the first Monday of every fourth year after, the attorney general’s salary is increased by the cumulative percentage increase in the salaries of classified Nevada employees during the previous term.
The attorney general is may not receive compensation from engaging in the private practice of law. 
In 2013, the attorney general was paid an estimated $141,086.
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Office of the Attorney General
Carson City Office
100 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4717
Phone: (775) 684-1100
Fax: (775) 684-1108
- "Nevada Legislature" Nevada Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Section 294A.410(1)(B))
- Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System, "2011 76th Regular Session Assembly Bill No.580," 1-2, accessed July 5, 2013
- Attorney General, “Salary,” accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 30, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 22, 2011
State of Nevada
Carson City (capital)
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