|Attorney General of Arizona|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed by||Governor Janet Napolitano|
|Superintendent of Arizona Banking Department|
|Bachelor's||Rocky Mountain College (1981)|
|J.D.||Notre Dame Law School (1986)|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Controversies
- 4 Other roles
- 5 Elections & Appointments
- 6 Campaign contributions
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
She previously served as Superintendent of the State Banking Department in Arizona, from 2006-2009.
Rotellini was raised in Sheridan, Wyoming. She attended Rocky Mountain College for her undergraduate studies, earning dual bachelor's degrees in history and political science. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1986 and launched her legal career in Arizona, her adoptive state.
Following six years in private practice as a trial attorney, Rotellini joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office, alternating between the civil and criminal divisions, prosecuting complex real estate and financial fraud cases.
In late August 2009, Rotellini resigned from her appointed position as Superintendent to join the Phoenix law firm of Zwillinger & Greek PC.
- Bachelor's degree, Rocky Mountain College (1981) in history and political science (magna cum laude)
- Juris Doctorate degree, Notre Dame Law School (1986)
Superintendent of the Arizona Banking Department (2006-2009)
In 2006, after first operating as an assistant, Rotellini was appointed by then-Governor Janet Napolitano to serve as the Superintendent of the State Banking Department, now known as the State Department of Financial Institutions. Her responsibilities in this role included overseeing the financial services in the state, such as the banks and credit unions, consumer lenders, escrow agents, mortgage and collection companies. In late August 2009, she resigned her post as Superintendent to join the Phoenix law firm of Zwillinger & Greek PC.
2010 donor controversy
During her 2010 campaign, Rotellini came under criticism for accepting contributions from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). The UFCW had been encouraging a boycott of Arizona products in response to the passage of SB 1070, a highly controversial anti-illegal immigration measure. Rotellini claimed to be unaware of the UFCW's actions.
- Trustee, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Foundation (1990-2002)
Elections & Appointments
- See also: Arizona attorney general election, 2014
On February 25, 2013, Rotellini confirmed reports that she is running for attorney general of Arizona in 2014. Rotellini is uncontested for the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Rotellini previously ran for attorney general in 2010. She finished second, behind current incumbent AG Tom Horne (R) in the general election.
Midway through his first term as attorney general, Horne found himself the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation stemming from an alleged hit and run incident. This blight, in addition to his rumored extra-marital affair with a staffer, led Horne to forgo his long-anticipated gubernatorial campaign in favor of seeking another term in his current post. These scandals led Governing to rate Arizona's attorney general seat as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections.
Horne's controversy-riddled first term gave way to the incumbent's six point ousting by sole Republican challenger Mark Brnovich in the party's primary. Brnovich, the former Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, faces 2010 Arizona Gubernatorial nominee and Assistant Attorney General Felecia Rotellini in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Although Arizona tends to vote Republican, especially at the state level, Democrats placed considerable hopes in Rotellini early on in the election season. Rotellini's background as superintendent of the state Department of Financial Institutions bodes well for as a fundraiser and thus her chances in the race to succeed Horne as Arizona's chief legal official.
|Arizona Attorney General, Republican Primary|
|Poll||Mark Brnovich||Tom Horne*||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
July 9-10, 2014
July 14, 2014
August 19-20, 2014
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- See also: Arizona Attorney General election, 2010
Two days after Arizona voters went to the polls on Tuesday, August 24, David Lujan conceded to Rotellini after he realized "he could not make up the more than 1,400 votes he would need to take the lead in the three-way race." Three months later, however, she lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 to Republican State Superintendent Tom Horne after receiving forty-eight percent of the vote.
- 2012 General Election
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election|
|Republican Party||Tom Horne||51.9%|
|Democratic Party||Felecia Rotellini||48.1%|
- 2010 Primary Race
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary|
|Democratic Party||Felecia Rotellini||41.5%|
|Democratic Party||David M. Lujan||40.7%|
|Democratic Party||Vince Rabago||17.8%|
According to Follow the Money, Rotellini has raised $289,967 in 2010 for her state attorney general campaign as of September 20, 2010.
Listed below are the top five contributors:
|United Food & Commercial Workers - Local 99||$4,176|
|Arizona Association of Realtors||$4,176|
|Teresa L. Hall||$1,680|
|Felecia Ann Rotellini||$1,428|
Rotellini received the Excellence in Cooperative Law Enforcement Award from the United States Attorney's Office in 2009.
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Felecia for Arizona
P.O Box 80025
Phoenix, Arizona 85060
Phone: (602) 345-0755
- Janet Napolitano
- Attorney General of Arizona
- Tom Horne
- Arizona attorney general election, 2014
- Arizona Attorney General election, 2010
- Arizona Republic, "All eyes on 2014 race for governor," November 11, 2012
- Felicia for Arizona, "About Felicia," accessed January 11, 2013
- Seeing Red AZ "GOP AG nominee Horne calls on Rotellini to return AZ boycott supporters’ donations" 1 Sept. 2010
- Phoenix News Times, "Felecia Rotellini Making Another Run at Attorney General," February 26, 2013
- abc15.com, "Arizona Election Results," accessed August 27, 2014
- Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
- Phoenix New Times, "Felecia Rotellini First Candidate to Announce Officially for Attorney General Race" 27 Oct. 2009
- Arizona Daily Star, "Lujan concedes AG race to Rotellini" 27 Aug. 2010
- Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Arizona Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
- Follow the Money - Campaign Contributions for Felecia Rotellini, 2010
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