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Attorney General of Florida

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Florida Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $81,692,388
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Pam Bondi.jpg
Name:  Pam Bondi
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $128,972
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Attorney General of Florida is an elected state officer who serves as the attorney for the State of Florida. The attorney general is responsible for the enforcement of state consumer protection and antitrust laws as well as civil prosecution of criminal racketeering. In the area of criminal law, the attorney general represents the state when those convicted appeal their convictions, including capital murder cases.

The attorney general issues formal legal opinions at the request of various public officials on questions relating to the application of state law and defends the constitutionality of statutes enacted by the Florida Legislature. Additionally, he serves in the governor's cabinet.

Current officeholder

The current attorney general is Pam Bondi, a Republican, who was first elected to the position in the November 2010 general elections. Bondi will come up for re-election, if she chooses to run, in November 2014.

Before becoming attorney general, Bondi was a state prosecutor, serving as felony bureau chief and member of internal homicide, vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter committees. She has also served as Vice Chair of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, volunteered with the Tampa Bay United Way and the Children's Board, and is a member of the Junior League and Florida Gator Club Boards of Directors.[1]

Authority

The office of attorney general is established in the Article IV, Section 4 of the Florida Constitution.

Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 4

(b) The attorney general shall be the chief state legal officer.

Qualifications

Per Article IV, Section 5 of the state constitution, the attorney general must be a qualified elector at least 30 years old and have resided in Florida for at least seven years prior to election. Additionally, he must have been a member of the state bar for five years.

Florida Constitution, Article IV, Section 5

When elected, the governor, lieutenant governor and each cabinet member must be an elector not less than thirty years of age who has resided in the state for the preceding seven years. The attorney general must have been a member of the bar of Florida for the preceding five years.

Elections

Attorneys general are elected to four year terms in federal midterm election years (e.g. 2006, 2010, 2014) and assume office on the first Tuesday after first Monday in the January following their election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inauguration days.

Term limits

There are no term limits associated with the office of attorney general.

Vacancies

The Governor of Florida fills a vacancy in any "state, district, or county office" by appointing a replacement to serve out the remainder of the term.[2] If there is more than 28 months left remaining in the term when the vacancy occurs, the replacement appointee serves until the first Tuesday after the first Monday following the next general election.

Duties

The attorney general is responsible for "protecting Florida consumers from various types of fraud,"[3] and prosecuting violations of its antitrust laws. Additionally, he represents the state in civil litigation and in criminal appeals. The attorney general's office also investigates large-scale criminal activities like identity theft, drug trafficking, and gang activity through its Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Beyond his prosecutorial duties, the attorney general is responsible for issuing formal legal advice to state agencies, advising the legislature on the constitutionality of potential statutes, and answering other questions "relating to the application of state law."[3] The attorney general is also a member of the governor's cabinet and sits on the board of directors of several other state agencies, including the Departments of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Insurance, Law Enforcement, Revenue and Veterans Affairs.

Divisions

  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Services
  • Antitrust
  • Cabinet Affairs
  • Capital Appeals
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Children's Legal Services
  • Citizen Services
  • Civil Appeals Section
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Communications
  • Corrections Litigation Section
  • Criminal Appeals Division
  • Criminal Justice Programs
  • Economic Crimes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment Litigation
  • Ethics Commission Advocate
  • Financec
  • Florida Elections Commission
  • General Counsel
  • Human Resources
  • Inspector General
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Lemon Law
  • Library
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Authority
  • Opinions
  • Purchasing
  • Revenue Litigation
  • Solicitor General
  • State Programs Litigation Section
  • Statewide Prosecution
  • Tort Litigation
  • Victim Services[4]

State budget

The budget for the Attorney General’s Office in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 was $81,692,388.[5]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $128,972. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]

2010

In 2010, the attorney general received compensation in the amount of $128,972. His salary is determined by law.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Address:
Office of Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Telephone Switchboard: 850-414-3300
Citizens Services: 850-414-3990
Florida Relay/TDD: 800-955-8771
Florida Toll Free: 1-866-966-7226

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