Attorney General of Connecticut
|Connecticut Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$31,868,659|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||General Statutes of Connecticut, 3-35-124|
|Name:||George C. Jepsen|
|Assumed office:||January 5, 2011|
|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 discipline
- 9 State budget
- 10 Compensation
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact Information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
The current attorney general is George Jepsen, who was first elected in November 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in office on November 4, 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
|Attorney General of Connecticut, 2014|
|Democratic||George Jepsen Incumbent||56.7%||590,225|
|Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.|
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Connecticut state executive officers, including the attorney general, do not face term limits.
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.
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.
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.
- Child Protection
- Civil Rights/Torts
- Collections & Child Support
- Consumer Protection
- Employment Rights
- Health & Education
- Healthcare Fraud/Whistleblower
- Public Safety
- Special Litigation
- Workers' Compensation and Labor Relations
Campaign finance discipline
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.
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. The SEEC is responsible for prosecuting all civil campaign finance law violations.
- See also: Connecticut state budget and finances
The budget for the Attorney General's Office in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $31,868,659.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of Connecticut's elected state executives are determined by law as mandated by the Connecticut Constitution. Article IV, Section 7 of the state constitution also requires all changes in salary to take effect following the next election for the affected offices:
| Text of Section 7:
The compensations of the governor and lieutenant-governor shall be established by law, and shall not be varied so as to take effect until after an election, which shall next succeed the passage of the law establishing such compensations.
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Post Office Box 120
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 808-5318
Fax: (860) 808-5387
- Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, "Bio of George Jepsen," accessed July 25, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "3-35-124," accessed July 25, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "9-146-181," accessed July 25, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "9-146-213," accessed July 25, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "3-35-125," accessed July 25, 2011
- Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, "2009-2010 Annual Report," accessed July 25, 2011
- "Connecticut General Assembly" Connecticut Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Statute 9-7(b)(7))
- "Connecticut General Assembly" Connecticut Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Statute 9-7(b)(7)(9)(10))
- "Connecticut General Assembly" Connecticut Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Statute 9-7(b))
- "Connecticut General Assembly" Connecticut Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Statute 9-7(b)(2))
- Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Budget Documents, "20132-2013 Biennium Governor's Budget," accessed May 28, 2013
- Justia, "2012 Connecticut General Statutes," accessed February 20, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014