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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

Mark Brnovich.jpg
Name:  Mark Brnovich
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 5, 2015
Compensation:  $90,000
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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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.[1]

Current officeholder

The current attorney general is Republican Mark Brnovich. Brnovich was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, for a four-year term expiring in January 2019. He succeeded one-term incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne (R). Brnovich unseated Horne in the GOP primary and won the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

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.[3]

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.

2014

See also: Arizona attorney general election, 2014
Attorney General of Arizona, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Brnovich 52.9% 782,361
     Democratic Felecia Rotellini 47.1% 696,054
     Nonpartisan Anthony Camboni (Write-in) 0% 265
Total Votes 1,478,680
Election Results via Arizona Secretary of State.

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."[4] 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:[4]

  • 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

See also: Arizona state budget and finances

The budget for the Attorney General's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $56,310,100.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of the attorney general and other elected executives in Arizona is determined by the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers. This five-member committee is sanctioned by Article 5, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution. Two members are appointed by the governor and one member each is appointed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.[6]

Commission members meet prior to June 1 of each even-numbered year to produce salary recommendations for the governor. The governor may accept, reject or modify recommendations prior to delivery to state legislators. The legislature has 90 days following the governor's transmission of the recommendations to reject or modify salary proposals. If no changes are made, the commission's recommendations take effect following the next election for applicable offices.[7][8]

2014

In 2014, the attorney general's salary remained at $90,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

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.[10]

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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