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Attorney General of Michigan
|Michigan Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$89,139,900|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Michigan Constitution, Article V, Section 3, the Executive Department|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Michigan Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Director of Agriculture and Rural Development • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Director • Labor Director • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 Campaign finance
- 9 State budget
- 10 Compensation
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact Information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
The current officeholder is Bill Schuette. He was elected in 2010 and his term ends in 2014.
Under Article V, Section 3:
The single executives heading principal departments shall include a secretary of state, a state treasurer and an attorney general...
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The attorney general is an elected position up for election each alternate even-numbered year. Per the Michigan constitution of 1963, it is a four-year term of office, and as amended in 1993, there is a two term limit. Originally this was an appointed position until the 1950 State Constitution.
- See also: Michigan Attorney General election, 2014
|Attorney General of Michigan, 2014|
|Republican||Bill Schuette Incumbent||52.1%||1,603,471|
|U.S. Taxpayers||Gerald T. Van Sickle||1%||30,762|
|Green||John Anthony La Pietra||0.8%||25,747|
|Election Results via Michigan Department of State.|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Republican Party||Bill Schuette||52.3%|
|Democratic Party||David Leyton||43.5%|
|Libertarian Party||Daniel W. Grow||2.3%|
|U.S. Taxpayers||Gerald Van Sickle||1.9%|
|2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Mike Cox (R)||53.8%|
|Amos Williams (D)||43.5%|
|Bill Hall (Libertarian)||1.7%|
|Charles Conces (UST)||1%|
|2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Mike Cox (R)||48.9%|
|Gary Peters (D)||48.7%|
|Jerry Kaufman (Green)||1.6%|
|Gerald Van Sickle (UST)||0.9%|
Vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 21.
Whenever the attorney general's office is vacant the governor fills the position by appointment.
The main duties of the Attorney General are outlined in the Michigan Compiled Laws:
- "Prosecute and defend all actions in the supreme court in which the state shall be interested"
- "Intervene in and appear for the people of this state in any other court or tribunal, in any cause or matter, civil or criminal, in which the people of this state may be a party or interested"
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The Attorney General of Michigan is responsible for handling all criminal prosecutions under the state's campaign finance laws. The first step in filing a campaign finance complaint is to file with the Secretary of State's office. It is up the Secretary of State to resolve the complaint as the first step before proceeding to civil or criminal prosecution. The Secretary of State is responsible for investigating all campaign finance complaints.
- See also: Michigan state budget and finances
The Department of the Attorney General's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $89,139,900.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The Michigan Constitution allows that the compensation for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general shall be provided by law, and is not to be altered during the term of office. Established under Article IV, Section 12 of the Michigan Constitution, the State Officers Compensation Commission was created to determine the salaries of select public officials. The seven-member, government appointed commission meets every two years. The commission may propose compensation increases, but may only propose a reduction in salary if the proposed amount is equal to or higher than the salary in place when the official took office. Once approved by the legislature, compensation is effective during the legislative session following the subsequent general election.
Article V, Section 23 of the Michigan Constitution:
The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general shall each receive the compensation provided by law in full payment for all services performed and expenses incurred during his term of office. Such compensation shall not be changed during the term of office except as otherwise provided in this constitution.
In 2013, the attorney general's salary was estimated at $112,410.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1836-Present|
|5||Henry N. Walker||1845-1847||appointed|
|7||George V. N. Lothrop||1848-1851||appointed|
|9||Jacob M. Howard||1855-1861||Republican|
|13||William L. Stoughton||1867-1868||Republican|
|15||Byron D. Ball||1873-1874|
|17||Andrew J. Smith||1875-1877|
|19||Jacob J. Van Riper||1881-1885|
|21||Stephen V. R. Trowbridge||1889-1890|
|22||Benjamin W. Huston||1890-1891|
|23||Adolphus A. Ellis||1891-1894||Democratic|
|24||Fred A. Maynard||1895-1899|
|25||Horace M. Oren||1899-1903|
|26||Charles A. Blair||1903-1905||Republican|
|27||John E. Bird||1905-1911||Republican|
|28||Franz C. Kuhn||1911-1913||Republican|
|29||Roger I. Wykes||1912-1913||appointed|
|31||Alexander J. Groesbeck||1917-1921||Republican|
|33||Andrew B. Dougherty||1923-1926||appointed|
|35||William W. Potter||1927-1929||Republican|
|36||Wilber M. Brucker||1929-1931||Republican|
|37||Paul W. Voorhies||1931-1933||Republican|
|38||Patrick H. O’Brien||1933-1935||Democratic|
|39||Harry S. Toy||1935||NA|
|40||David H. Crowley||1935-1936||Republican|
|41||Raymond W. Starr||1937-1938||Democratic|
|43||Herbert J. Rushton||1941-1944||Republican|
|44||John R. Dethmers||1945-1946||Republican|
|45||Foss O. Eldred||1946||appointed|
|46||Eugene F. Black||1947-1948||Republican|
|47||Stephen J. Roth||1949-1950||Democratic|
|48||Frank G. Millard||1951-1954||Republican|
|49||Thomas M. Kavanagh||1955-1957||Democratic|
|50||Paul L. Adams||1958-1961||Democratic|
|51||Frank J. Kelley||1961-1998||Democratic|
|52||Jennifer M. Granholm||1999-2002||Democratic|
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110 State Office Building
Escanaba, MI 49829
- Office of the Michigan Attorney General
- Chart of how the Office of the Michigan Attorney General is organized
- Michigan Department of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Department of State - 2006 General Election Results
- Department of State - 2002 General Election Results
- Michigan Compiled Laws, " 14.28 The Attorney General," accessed December 21, 2012
- Michigan Legislature, "Michigan Campaign Finance Act of 1976"(Referenced Statute 169.215(10))
- State of Michigan 97th Legislature Regular Session of 2013, "Enrolled House Bill No. 4328," 84," accessed June28, 2013
- Michigan Civil Service Commission, “State Officers Compensation Commission,” accessed February 23, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 2, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials:Annual Salaries," accessed January 28, 2014
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