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Iowa Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $15,620,324
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Iowa Constitution, Article 5, Section 12
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Tom Miller.jpg
Name:  Thomas John Miller
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  1979, 1995
Compensation:  $123,669
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of Iowa is head of the Department of Justice and chief legal officer of the state. The attorney general represents the state of Iowa and its agencies in court cases, gives legal advice to state agencies, and issues written opinions on questions of law submitted by state officials.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Tom Miller, a Democrat first elected in 1978. He remained in the position for 12 years. After a four year hiatus, Miller was elected to a fourth term as Iowa Attorney General in 1994, and subsequently won re-election to the office again in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.[2]


The Attorney General of Iowa's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Article V of the Iowa Constitution.

Article V, Section 12:

The general assembly shall provide, by law, for the election of an attorney general by the people...


The Attorney General of Iowa must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Iowa. The number of years one must reside in Iowa to qualify is unspecified.[3]


Iowa state government organizational chart
See also: The State Constitution of Iowa

The Attorney General is elected according to the terms laid out in Article 5, Section 12 of the Iowa Constitution:

Article 5, Section 12:

The general assembly shall provide, by law, for the election of an attorney general by the people, whose term of office shall be four years, and until his successor is elected and qualifies.


See also: Iowa attorney general election, 2014
Attorney General of Iowa, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Miller Incumbent 56.1% 616,711
     Republican Adam Gregg 43.8% 481,046
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,249
Total Votes 1,099,006
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.


See also: Iowa Attorney General election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • Tom Miller ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Tom Miller 55.5%
     Republican Party Brenna Findley 44.4%
     Write-In 0.1%
Total Votes 1,094,633

Term limits

The attorney general of Iowa is not restricted by term limits.[5]


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The Attorney General of Iowa heads the Iowa Department of Justice. The Department of Justice is in charge of the representation of the state of Iowa and its officers. The attorney general, "provides legal counsel and direction to the state by participation in cases before the courts where the state has an interest and by formulating written opinions to state officers and county attorneys on questions of state law of public importance." It also represents the state in all criminal and juvenile court appeals, provides training for criminal justice professionals, provides victims' service and represents consumers in utility rate cases.

Every two years, the attorney general must submit a report to the governor about the office and its actions over the last two years.[6]


The office of the attorney general is divided into multiple divisions:

  • Administrative Services Division
  • Area Prosecutions Division
  • Consumer Protection Division
  • Crime Victim Assistance Division

  • Criminal Appeals Division
  • Farm Division
  • Revenue Division
  • Transportation Division

State budget

See also: Iowa state budget and finances

The Attorney General's budget for 2012 was $15,620,324.[7]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected and appointed executives in Iowa are determined by the Iowa State Legislature.[8]


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $123,669, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $123,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $123,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2011, the attorney general received compensation in the amount of $123,669.[11]

Historical officeholders

There have been 32 Attorneys General of Iowa since 1853. Of the 32 officeholders, 25 were Republican and 7 were Democrat.[12]

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Contact Information


Capitol Address:
Iowa Attorney General
1305 East Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: (515) 281-5164
Fax: (515) 281-4209

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