Attorney General of Delaware
|Delaware Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$32,227,100|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Delaware Code, 29-25-2502|
|Assumed office:||January 6, 2015|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Delaware Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Secretary of Education•Agriculture Secretary•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Secretary•Labor Secretary•Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Campaign finance
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
The attorney general is elected to a four-year term in the "off-year" state election, two years before or after the election of the governor. The office existed in various forms prior to the ratification of the constitution of 1776, which continued the colonial tradition by which the governor appointed the attorney general for a five-year tenure. With the ratification of the constitution of 1897, the attorney general became an elected office held for four-year terms. It also established the attorney general as third in line of succession to the office of governor, after the Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.
Before becoming attorney general, Denn was the state's lieutenant governor from 2009 to 2015. He resigned midway through his second elected term as lieutenant governor in order to take over as attorney general.
Delaware Code, 29-25-2502
|There is created a State Department of Justice under the supervision, direction and control of the Attorney General.|
There are no required qualifications for the office of attorney general.
Per Article III, Section 21 of the Delaware Constitution, attorneys general are elected every four years in federal midterm election years (e.g. 2006, 2010, 2014, etc.). Traditionally, they are sworn in on the first Tuesday in January in the year after they are elected.
- See also: Delaware attorney general election, 2014
|Attorney General of Delaware, 2014|
|Election Results via Delaware Office of the State Election Commissioner.|
Attorneys general do not face any term limits.
The attorney general heads Delaware's Department of Justice, which is empowered to "investigate matters involving the public peace, safety and justice," "direct the activities of state detectives," and "have charge of all criminal proceedings," in the state. The attorney general also serves as chief legal counsel for the Delaware state government and offers advisory opinions to state agencies on request.
- Civil Law
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- See also: Delaware state budget and finances
The budget for the Attorney General's Office in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $32,227,100.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of Delaware's elected state executives are determined by state law as mandated by the Delaware Constitution. Article III of the state constitution requires that salary changes not take effect until after the current terms of affected offices.
The Delaware State Legislature created the Delaware Compensation Commission in 1984 to determine state executive salaries. This commission consists of six members including two appointees by the governor, one appointee each by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Delaware State Senate, the current chair of the Delaware Business Roundtable and the director of the state Office of Management and Budget. Commissioners meet every four years to make salary recommendations, which are implemented unless the Delaware State Legislature rejects the entirety of the report. From 1985 to 2013, the commission's report has only been rejected once by legislators, who submitted their own salary increases for executives officials in 1993.
In 2010, the attorney general earned compensation in the amount of $137,425. His salary is determined by law.
The Attorney General of Delaware is responsible for investigating all campaign finance complaints regardless if it involves civil or criminal laws. All complaints are referred to the Attorney General from the Delaware Commissioner of Elections after the complaint is received by the Commissioner of Elections.
The Attorney General holds all prosecution and investigative powers towards campaign finance complaints.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1978-Present|
|1||Gunning Bedford, Jr.||1778–1790|
|3||Nicholas Van Dyke||1801–1806|
|9||Edward W. Gilpin||1840–1850|
|10||Willard Saulsbury, Sr.||1850–1855|
|11||George P. Fisher||1855–1860|
|14||Charles B. Lore||1869–1874|
|15||John B. Penington||1874–1879|
|17||John H. Paynter||1885–1887|
|19||John R. Nicholson||1892–1895|
|20||Robert C. White||1895–1901|
|21||Herbert H. Ward||1901–1905|
|22||Robert H. Richards||1905–1909|
|23||Andrew C. Gray||1909–1913|
|24||Josiah O. Wolcott||1913–1917|
|25||David J. Reinhardt||1917–1921|
|26||Sylvester D. Townsend, Jr.||1921–1925|
|27||Clarence A. Southerland||1925–1929|
|28||Reuben Satterthwaite, Jr.||1929–1933|
|29||Daniel J. Layton||1933|
|30||P. Warren Green||1933–1939|
|31||James R. Morford||1939–1943|
|32||Clair J. Killoran||1943–1947|
|33||Albert W. James||1947–1951|
|34||H. Albert Young||1951–1955|
|35||Joseph D. Craven||1955–1959|
|36||Januar D. Bove, Jr.||1959–1963|
|37||David P. Buckson||1963–1971|
|38||W. Laird Stabler, Jr.||1971–1975|
|39||Richard R. Wier, Jr.||1975–1979|
|40||Richard S. Gebelein||1979–1983|
|41||Charles M. Oberly, III||1983–1995|
|42||M. Jane Brady||1995–2005|
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102 W. Water Street
Dover, DE 19904
Criminal Division: 302-739-4211
Civil Division: 302-739-7641
Toll Free Phone: 302-739-1545
- Delaware Attorney General, "Homepage," accessed December 5, 2013
- Delaware Code, "29-25-2502," accessed August 8, 2011
- Delaware Code, "29-25-2504," accessed August 9, 2011
- Office of the Delaware Attorney General, "Divisions & Units," accessed August 9, 2011
- Delaware Office of Management and Budget," Budget Development, Planning and Administration - Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Capital Budget Information," accessed May 28, 2013
- Delaware Compensation Commission, "2013 Final Report," January 8, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- 'Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed August 9, 2011
- "Delaware Legislature" Delaware Campaign Finance Law(Referenced Section Title 15, § 8043)
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