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Attorney General of Maine

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Maine Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $31,074,910
Term limits:  4 two-year terms
Structure
Length of term:   Two years
Authority:  Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 11
Selection Method:  Elected by secret ballot of the state legislature
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Janet T. Mills
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  December 4, 2012
Compensation:  $92,248
Other Maine Executive Offices
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The Attorney General of Maine serves as the chief legal advisor for the state. Maine is the only state where the attorney general is selected by a secret ballot of state legislators at the beginning of each session. The attorney general serves two-year terms and can serve a maximum of four terms in the office.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Democrat Janet Mills. She was confirmed for the position on December 4, 2012.[1]

Mills' predecessor was William Schneider. Elected to the office in 2010 by a Republican-controlled state legislature, he was the first Republican named to the position in decades.[2]

Authority

The state Constitution establishes the office of the attorney general in Article IX, Section 11.

The Attorney General shall be chosen biennially by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention. Vacancy in said office occurring when the Legislature is not in session, may be filled by appointment by the Governor, subject to confirmation as required by this Constitution for Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court.

Qualifications

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Appointments

Maine state government organizational chart
See also: State executives with term limits

The Maine Attorney General is elected by secret ballot of the legislature. It is one of the first tasks of each newly sworn-in legislature. Maine is the only state to select its attorney general in this manner.[3]

Term limits

The attorney general is limited to four terms, each lasting two years.

Vacancies

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Duties

The attorney general oversees the following duties while in office:

  • representing the State and its agencies in civil actions;
  • prosecuting claims to recover money for the State;
  • investigating and prosecuting homicides and other crimes;
  • consulting with and advising the district attorneys;
  • enforcing proper application of funds given to public charities in the State;
  • and giving written opinions upon questions of law submitted by the Governor, Legislature, or state agencies.

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—Office of the Maine Attorney General[5]

In addition, the attorney general holds the following responsibilities:

  • appointing deputy and assistant attorneys general; and
  • acting as the first in line to succeed the governor should the office holder leave office or become incapacitate. Maine is one of five states that has no lieutenant governor.

Divisions

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Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Maine ballot measures

The Attorney General of Maine is responsible for all disciplinary manners toward the state's campaign finance laws, regardless of whether the offense involves civil or criminal laws. The first step if someone may have violated Maine campaign finance law is to file a complaint with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. It is up to the commission to conduct an investigation determining whether or not a violation took place.[6]

State budget

See also: Maine state budget and finances

The Department of the Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $31,074,910.[7]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The attorney general’s salary is determined by the Maine Legislative Council, an administrative body composed of 10 elected members of legislative leadership. The council establishes salaries for all legislative employees, unless otherwise determined by law.[8] The attorney general is also permitted to claim reimbursement for actual expenses.[9] The Legislative Council may decide to adjust the salary of the secretary of state and attorney general for each year of continuous service.[10]

Maine Code 191

Attorney General; office; salary. The Attorney General is the executive head of the Department of the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall keep an office at the seat of government and is entitled to receive an annual salary in full for all services. The Attorney General is entitled to receive actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.

2014

In 2014, the attorney general earned a salary of $92,248, according to the Council of State Governments.[11]

2013

In 2013, the attorney general's salary increased to $92,248.[12]

2012

In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $83,844. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

6 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: 207-626-8800
Toll Free Phone: 207-626-8865

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