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Attorney General of Arizona

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Arizona Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $56,310,100
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Tom Horne.jpg
Name:  Tom Horne
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $90,000
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Attorney General of Arizona is an elected state executive officer established by the Arizona Constitution. The attorney general is the chief legal officer of the state of Arizona and head of the Department of Law. He or she represents the state in civil suits, provides legal advice to state agencies and officials, enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws, and prosecutes cases involving some financial and drug-related crimes.[2]

Current officeholder

The current attorney general is Tom Horne, a Republican, who assumed office in 2011 following his 2010 election. Horne's first term will end in 2015 and he will come up for re-election in November 2014.

Before becoming attorney general, Horne served as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2011. He was a private attorney for more than 30 years, during which time he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem and Court of Appeals Judge Pro Tem. He was also a state representative from 1996 to 2000.[3]

Authority

The office of attorney general is established by the Arizona Constitution as part of the state's executive department.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)

The executive department shall consist of the governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction...

Qualifications

The Arizona Constitution requires all of the officers in the state's executive department, including the attorney general, to be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for 10 years, and an Arizona resident for five years.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 2

No person shall be eligible to any of the offices mentioned in section 1 of this article except a person of the age of not less than twenty-five years, who shall have been for ten years next preceding his election a citizen of the United States, and for five years next preceding his election a citizen of Arizona.

Arizona law further requires the attorney general to have been a "practicing attorney before the supreme court of the state" for five years.[4]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 41, Chapter 1, Article 5, Section 41-191

The attorney general shall have been for not less than five years immediately preceding the date of taking office a practicing attorney before the supreme court of the state.

Elections

Arizona state government organizational chart

Arizonans elect their attorney general in midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.) for a term of four years. The winner assumes office on the first Monday of January after his or her election. If no candidates receives a majority (over 50%) of the votes, a runoff election is held between the two candidates that received the largest amount. If the two candidates in the runoff receive an equal number of votes, the state legislature chooses a winner.

Arizona Constitution, Article 5, Section 1 (Version 2)

A. The executive department shall consist of the governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, and superintendent of public instruction, each of whom shall hold office for a term of four years beginning on the first Monday of January, 1971 next after the regular general election in 1970.

B. B. The person having a majority of the votes cast for the office voted for shall be elected. If no person receives a majority of the votes cast for the office, a second election shall be held as prescribed by law between the persons receiving the highest and second highest number of votes cast for the office. The person receiving the highest number of votes at the second election for the office is elected, but if the two persons have an equal number of votes for the office, the two houses of the legislature at its next regular session shall elect forthwith, by joint ballot, one of such persons for said office.

Term limits

Per Article 5, Section 1 of the state constitution, attorneys general are limited to two consecutive terms. Former officeholders may run again after they have remained out of office for one full term.

Vacancies

Article 5, Section 8 of the state constitution allows governor to fill vacancies in the office of attorney general by appointment.

Duties

The attorney general is chief legal officer of the state. He or she "represents and provides legal advice to most State agencies; enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws; and prosecutes criminals charged with complex financial crimes and certain conspiracies involving illegal drugs."[5] The attorney general brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the state and also handles all appeals from felony convictions in the state.

The attorney general also represents some local government agencies, such as school districts or municipalities, in disputes related to conflicts of interest and antitrust/price-fixing activities.

Divisions

The attorney general's office is the largest law office in Arizona, with approximately 400 attorneys and 1,000 employees. The Attorney General's Office is divided into the following departments:[5]

  • Executive Office
  • Solicitor General
  • Administrative Operations
  • Employee Services
  • Policy and Program Development
  • Child and Family Protection
  • Civil
  • Finance
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal
  • Public Advocacy

State budget

The budget for the Attorney General's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $56,310,100.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2012

In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $90,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the attorney general received compensation in the amount of $90,000.[7] The exact pay rate of the attorney general is determined by the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers, which submits recommendations for elective state officer salaries to the governor every even-numbered year. Unless those recommendations are changed or rejected by the governor, they became effective on the first Monday of January of the following calendar year. The attorney general's compensation will next be adjusted in January 2013.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Arizona

Capitol Address:
Attorney General Tom Horne
Office of the Attorney General
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: (602) 542-5025
Toll Free Phone: (800) 352-8431 (toll free in State of Arizona, outside Maricopa and Pima Counties)
Fax: (602) 542-4085
E-mail: ag.inquiries@ag.state.az.us

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