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Connecticut Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $31,868,659
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  General Statutes of Connecticut, 3-35-124
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

George Jepsen.jpg
Name:  George C. Jepsen
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 5, 2011
Compensation:  $110,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Attorney General of Connecticut is the chief legal officer of the State. The office of attorney general of Connecticut was officially established in 1897. The Connecticut Constitution and General Statutes authorize the Attorney General to represent the interests of the people of the State of Connecticut in all civil legal matters involving the state to protect the public interest, and to serve as legal counsel to all state agencies.

Current officeholder

The current attorney general is George Jepsen, who was first elected in November 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. He will first come up for re-election, if he chooses to run, in November 2014.

Before becoming attorney general, Jepsen was an attorney at the Hartford, CT law firm of Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LLC, where he specialized in corporate transaction and civil and appellate litigation. He previously worked for the firms of Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford and Abate & Fox in Stamford, and began his legal career as a general counsel for Carpenters Local 210 in Norwalk.

Jepsen served as a state representative from 1987 to 1990, then as a state senator from 1990 to 2003. He was also chairman of the state Democratic Party from 2003 to 2005.[1]

Authority

The office of attorney general, though it is mentioned in the state constitution, is formally established by state statute.[2]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 3-35-124

There shall be an Attorney General to be elected in the same manner as other state officers in accordance with the provisions of section 9-181.

Qualifications

The attorney general must be an elector of the state, i.e. at least 18 years old and a resident of Connecticut, and must have "at least ten years' active practice at the bar of [the] state."[2]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 3-35-124

The Attorney General shall be an elector of this state and an attorney at law of at least ten years' active practice at the bar of this state.

Elections

Connecticut state government organizational chart

Attorneys general are elected to four year terms in federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.) and take office on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in the January following their election.[3]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 9-146-181

At the state election to be held in 1966, and quadrennially thereafter, there shall be elected a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Comptroller and Attorney General to hold their respective offices from the Wednesday following the first Monday of the January next succeeding their election until the Wednesday following the first Monday of the fifth January succeeding their election and until their successors are qualified.

Full History


Term limits

Connecticut state executive officers, including the attorney general, do not face term limits.

Vacancies

When a vacancy occurs in the office of attorney general, the governor appoints a replacement to serve out the unexpired portion of the term.[4]

General Statutes of Connecticut, 9-146-213

(b) Any vacancy in the office of Attorney General shall be filled by appointment by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the term.

Duties

The attorney general has "general supervision over all legal matters in which the state is an interested party," represents state agencies and employees in their official capacities and provides advisory opinions when necessary.[5]

Additionally, the attorney general may establish legal task forces or units to pursue specific types of crime, e.g. the Healthcare Fraud Unit, Antitrust Department, and Consumer Protection Department. The attorney general's office also provides citizens with a number of educational materials related to deceptive trade practices, banking regulations, etc.[6]

Divisions

  • Antitrust
  • Child Protection
  • Civil Rights/Torts
  • Collections & Child Support
  • Consumer Protection
  • Energy
  • Employment Rights
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Health & Education
  • Healthcare Fraud/Whistleblower
  • Public Safety
  • Special Litigation
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation and Labor Relations

Campaign finance discipline

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Connecticut ballot measures

The Attorney General of Connecticut is responsible for prosecuting all campaign finance law violations that involve criminal laws or any other matter deemed appropriate by the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission.[7][8]

The first step if someone knows a person or committee violated Connecticut campaign finance law, then the first step is to file a complaint with the SEEC. It is up to the SEEC to investigate all complaints.[9] The SEEC is responsible for prosecuting all civil campaign finance law violations.[10]

State budget

The budget for the Attorney General's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $31,868,659.[11]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $110,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[12]

2012

In 2012, the Connecticut Attorney General was paid an estimated $110,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Office of the Attorney General
Connecticut

Post Office Box 120
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 808-5318
Fax: (860) 808-5387
E-mail: Attorney.General@po.state.ct.us

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