Attorney General of Massachusetts
|Massachusetts Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$43,735,434|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Title 2, Chapter 12, Section 1 of the General Laws of Massachusetts|
|Assumed office:||January 21, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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The current Massachusetts Attorney General is Maura Healey (D). She was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014. Healey was sworn into office on January 21, 2015, replacing Martha Coakley (D).
The position of attorney general is established in Title 2, Chapter 12, Section 1 of the General Laws of Massachusetts:
"There shall be a department of the attorney general, under his supervision and control, organized as provided in this chapter."
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Massachusetts State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:
- Candidates for office must be:
- eighteen years of age
- a citizen of the United States for at least five years
- "The attorney general shall be a member of the bar of the commonwealth" (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 12, § 1)
Massachusetts elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Massachusetts, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 are all attorney general election years.
|Attorney General of Massachusetts, 2014|
|Republican||John B. Miller||38.2%||793,821|
|Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.|
|Massachusetts Attorney General, General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Martha Coakley Incumbent||62.8%||1,417,538|
|Republican||James P. McKenna||37.2%||839,274|
|Election Results via |
If the office of the attorney general becomes vacant during annual or special session of the general court, the public elects a successor, otherwise, "it shall be supplied by the governor by appointment, with the advice and consent of the council."
- Ballot Text and Legality:
Unlike most states, who mandate that proponents of an initiative must first file with the Secretary of Commonwealth, Massachusetts guidelines require that a ballot first be submitted to the attorney general.
At least 10 qualified voters must submit their contact information, certificate of voter registration and the full text of the ballot.
The attorney general bears the responsibility of determining whether the petition is an acceptable subject of the initiative, and if so, he or she prepares a concise summary and returns this summary and the proposed law to the petitioners. If the attorney general determines the petition relates to an excluded matter, the petition is disallowed.
If the ballot passes review, it will then be returned to the proponents who may then submit it to the secretary of commonwealth (also known as the secretary of state).
There are five bureaus in the Attorney General's Office: Executive, Business and Labor Protection, Criminal, Government and Public Protection.
- See also: Massachusetts state budget and finances
The Office of the Attorney General's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $43,735,434.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
See statutes: M.G.L. Ch.12 §1
Massachusetts General Laws set the salary for the attorney general at $127,523, with an additional amount to be calculated according to the adjustment percentage addressed in the Massachusetts State Legislators Compensation Amendment.  In 1998, the Massachusetts State Legislators Compensation Amendment was passed, prohibiting state legislators from altering their base pay. Since January 2001, compensation for public officials is adjusted every two years corresponding with changes in median household income for Massachusetts’s residents.
In 2014, a seven-member Special Advisory Commission was created by Section 239 of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution to review and compare the compensation of Massachusetts’s public officials to other states. 
In 2013, the attorney general's salary remained at $133,644.
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- Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office, "About the Office" accessed January 17, 2013
- The Telegraph, "Healey to take oath as Massachusetts's 55th attorney general," January 21, 2015
- Massachusetts Legislature, "General Laws - Title 2, Chapter 12, Section 1," accessed January 17, 2013
- The General Laws of Massachusetts - Chapter 12, § 1
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- Outside Section 239, "Special Advisory Commission: Compensation of MA Public Officials," accessed February 23, 2015
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