Attorney General of Kansas
|Kansas Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2011|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Kansas Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Wildlife and Parks Secretary • Labor Secretary • Corporation Commission|
The current occupant of the office is Republican Derek Schmidt. He resigned his seat on the Kansas State Senate upon his defeat of former Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six in November 2010. Schmidt took office January 10, 2011.
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.
As with other executive officers, the Attorney General is elected to serve for a term of four years of length, which runs concurrently with the term of the governor. The election is held in November and the statewide official takes office the following January.
|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.
- 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. It is up to the KGEC to determine the validity of a complaint before beginning any investigation.
Each of the seven divisions which compose the Office of the Attorney General is charged with performing a different set of duties.
- Civil Litigation Division
- Consumer Protection Division
- Criminal Litigation Division
- Kansas Bureau of Investigation
- Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division
- Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division
- Victims' Services Division
The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2012 was $22,291,527.
In 2011, the Attorney General received compensation in the amount of $98,901.
There have been 44 Attorney Generals of Kansas since 1861. There were also three Attorney Generals of the Kansas Territory between 1854-1861. Of the 47 officeholders, 35 were Republican, 7 were Democrat, 2 were Populist and 3 unknown.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1861-Present|
|1||Andrew Jackson Isacks||1854-1857||NA|
|3||Alson C. Davis||1858-1861||NA|
|4||Benjamin Franklin Simpson||1861||Democratic|
|6||Samuel Adams Stinson||1861-1863||Republican|
|7||Warren William Guthrie||1863-1865||Republican|
|8||Jerome D. Brumbaugh||1865-1867||Republican|
|9||George H. Hoyt||1867-1869||Republican|
|11||Archibald L. Williams||1871-1875||Republican|
|12||Asa Maxson Fitz Randolph||1875-1877||Republican|
|14||William Agnew Johnston||1881-1884||Republican|
|15||George Price Smith||1884-1885||Democratic|
|16||Simeon Briggs Bradford||1885-1889||Republican|
|17||Lyman Beecher Kellogg||1889-1891||Republican|
|18||John Nutt Ives||1891-1893||Democratic|
|19||John Thomas Little||1893-1895||Populist|
|20||Fernando Brenton Dawes||1895-1897||Republican|
|21||Louis C. Boyle||1897-1899||Populist|
|22||Aretas Allen Godard||1899-1903||Republican|
|23||Chiles Crittendon Coleman||1903-1907||Republican|
|24||Fred Schuyler Jackson||1907-1911||Republican|
|25||John Shaw Dawson||1911-1915||Republican|
|26||Sardius Mason Brewster||1915-1919||Republican|
|27||Richard Joseph Hopkins||1919-1923||Republican|
|28||Charles Benjamin Griffith||1923-1927||Republican|
|29||William A. Smith||1927-1930||Republican|
|31||Clarence Victor Beck||1935-1939||Republican|
|32||Jay S. Parker||1939-1943||Republican|
|33||Alexander Baldwin Mitchell||1943-1947||Republican|
|34||Edward F. Arn||1947-1949||Republican|
|35||Harold Ralph Fatzer||1949-1956||Republican|
|36||John Anderson, Jr.||1956-1961||Republican|
|37||William M. Ferguson||1961-1965||Republican|
|38||Robert C. Londerholm||1965-1969||Republican|
|41||Curt T. Schneider||1975-1979||Democratic|
|42||Robert T. Stephan||1979-1995||Republican|
|43||Carla J. Stovall||1995-2003||Republican|
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Contact InformationCapitol 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
- Governor: Sam Brownback (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: Jeff Colyer (R)
- Attorney General: Derek Schmidt (R)
- Secretary of State: Kris Kobach (R)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Jackie McClaskey (R)
- Treasurer of State: Ron Estes (R)
- Kansas Secretary of State, "Kansas Election Standards (Chapter IV: Candidates, p. IV-11)," retrieved January 27, 2012
- "Kansas GEC" Kansas Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Statute 25-4161 (a)-(e))
- Office of the AG, "Divisions," accessed January 31, 2012
- The Governor's State of Kansas Budget Report,"Volume 2 Fiscal Year 2014," 113, accessed June 27, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014.
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of States 2011- Table 4.11", accessed February 2, 2012
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