George C. Jepsen

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George C. Jepsen
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Attorney General of Connecticut
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorRichard Blumenthal (D)
Base salary$110,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected November 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Campaign $$1,116,729
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut House of Representatives
Bachelor'sDartmouth University (1976)
Master'sJohn F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard) (1982)
J.D.Harvard University (1982)
Date of birthNovember 23, 1954
Place of birthHattiesburg, Miss.
Office website
George C. Jepsen (b. November 23, 1954, in Hattiesburg, Miss.) is the current Democratic Attorney General of Connecticut. Jepsen was first elected in 2010 and took office on January 5, 2011. He began his second four-year term as attorney general on January 7, 2015.

Jepsen first won the attorney general seat in the general election on November 2, 2010. Jepsen's main opponent, Democrat Martha Dean, accused Jepsen throughout the campaign season of lacking the necessary trial experience to qualify for the role. Dean ultimately conceded the election, two weeks after the polls closed, with 53 percent going to Jepsen. He was sworn in as the successor to Richard Blumenthal (D) the following January.[1][2] George C. Jepsen won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Before becoming attorney general, Jepsen was an attorney at the Hartford, CT law firm of Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LLC, where he specialized in corporate transaction and civil and appellate litigation. He previously worked for the firms of Shipman & Goodwin in Hartford and Abate & Fox in Stamford, and began his legal career as a general counsel for Carpenters Local 210 in Norwalk.

Jepsen entered politics after college, when he took a job as a legal assistant to Connecticut Speaker of the House James J. Kennelly. In 1978, he was hired as campaign manager for William Ratchford's successful congressional campaign, and was subsequently brought on board as a field director for Chris Dodd's senatorial campaign, which was also successful. His official arrival on the political stage into state politics did not take place for another five years, when he was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives. He served as a state Rep. from 1987 to 1990, and then as a state senator from 1990 to 2003. He was also chairman of the state Democratic Party from 2003 to 2005.[3]

Jepsen was re-elected in November 2014.[4] He ran unopposed in the August 12 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Kie Westby in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Jepsen was born in Hattiesburg, Miss., on November 23, 1954.[5] Before taking office, Jepsen was a practicing lawyer for more than 26 years, most recently at the Hartford law firm of Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LCC, in the areas of corporate transactions and civil and appellate litigation. Jepsen began his legal career as general counsel to Carpenters Local 210 in Norwalk.[5]

After graduating from college, Jepsen was hired as a legal assistant to Connecticut Speaker of the House James J. Kennelly. He went on to serve as campaign manager for William Ratchford in 1978. He also worked as field director for Chris Dodd's senatorial campaign. Both campaigns were successful and Jepsen eventually decided to run for office himself five years later.


  • Bachelor's degree, Dartmouth University (1976)
  • Master's degree in public policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1982)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, Harvard University (1982)

Political career

Connecticut Attorney General (2011-Present)

On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, Jepsen announced his candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, which, at the time, was held by Democrat Richard Blumenthal.[6] Blumenthal, rather then seek re-election to the position, had chosen to run for the United States Senate seat vacated by Democratic Senator Chris Dodd. He ultimately won the contest after a bitter campaign against Republican candidate Linda McMahon. Jepsen went on to receive the endorsement of the Connecticut Democratic Party by acclamation at their state convention on Saturday, May 22.[7] He would go on to face Republican Martha Dean, a Hartford attorney, in the general election.

Despite contentions that he lacked enough trial experience to qualify as the state's next attorney general, Dean conceded the election to Jepsen two weeks after fifty-three percent of voters selected him to succeed Blumenthal.[8][9]

Jepsen's term has been marked by some high profile political clashes. In May 2011, he effectively killed a state Senate bill that would have prohibited employers from requiring their employees to attend work meetings to discuss "religious or political matters." Jepsen, who had previously expressed some support for the bill, noted that the law would likely be a violation of federal labor law.

In June 2011, Jepsen expressed concern about the "tag suggestions" feature of the popular social networking site Facebook. Tag suggestions, which advise users to "tag," or identify, their friends when uploading photos to Facebook, make use of facial recognition technology to find a user's acquaintances in each new picture. In a letter to Facebook's senior leadership, he argued the lack of an opt-in mechanism in the feature could violate users' privacy. Facebook, which automatically tracks users unless they opt-out in their personal privacy settings, said the widespread use of and lack of complaints regarding the feature were testaments to its popularity among users.[10]

Connecticut State Legislature (1987-2003)

Jepsen ran for, and won, election to public office for the first time in 1986, for the Connecticut House of Representatives for the one-hundred and forty-eighth district, maintaining that position for four years. In the last year as a state representative, Jepsen had been named Assistant Majority Leader. He was then elected to the Connecticut State Senate, where he remained for the better part of twelve years. During the course of his tenure as a state senator, he operated in three high-ranking roles. First, in 1994, he was named Assistant Majority Leader before being relegated to Minority Whip the next year when the State Democrats lost majority control. Starting in 1997, however, when the State Democratic Party regained control, he was elected by his peers as Senate Majority Leader, a role he would keep until 2002 when he was selected by Bill Curry as his running mate in the state gubernatorial contest; Curry/Jepsen ultimately lost to Republican challenger John G. Rowland and M. Jodi Rell in the general election.[5]



See also: Connecticut attorney general election, 2014

Jepsen ran for re-election as Attorney General of Connecticut in 2014.[11] He was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary election on August 12 and defeated Republican Kie Westby in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Attorney General of Connecticut, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Jepsen Incumbent 56.7% 590,225
     Republican Kie Westby 41.1% 427,869
     Green Stephen Fournier 2.1% 22,361
Total Votes 1,040,455
Election Results via Connecticut Secretary of State.


See also: Connecticut Attorney General election, 2010

On November 2, 2010, George C. Jepsen won election to the office of Attorney General of Connecticut. He defeated Martha Dean (Republican) and Stephen Fournier (Green) in the general election.

Attorney General of Connecticut, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge C. Jepsen 53.7% 591,663
     Republican Martha Dean 43.6% 480,382
     Green Stephen Fournier 2.7% 29,748
Total Votes 1,101,793
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State
  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
  • George C. Jepsen ran unopposed in this contest


2002 Race for Governor/Lieutenant Governor - General Election[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John G. Rowland/M. Jodi Rell 56.1%
     Democratic Party Bill Curry/George C. Jepsen 43.9%
Total Votes 1,022,942


  • George C. Jepsen ran unopposed in this contest
2000 Race for Connecticut State Senate, District 27 - General Election[13]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda George C. Jepsen 66.7%
     Republican Party Joseph A. Bongiorno 33.3%
Total Votes 29,587


  • George C. Jepsen ran unopposed in this contest
1998 Race for Connecticut State Senate, District 27 - General Election[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda George C. Jepsen 66.8%
     Republican Party Joseph C. Valdes 33.2%
Total Votes 19,580

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jepsen is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Jepsen raised a total of $1,116,729 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[15]

George C. Jepsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Attorney General of Connecticut Won $840,581
2000 Connecticut State Senate District 27 Won $6,960
1998 Connecticut State Senate District 27 Won $223,398
1996 Connecticut State Senate District 27 Won $45,790
Grand Total Raised $1,116,729


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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General


Post Office Box 120
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: (860) 808-5318
Fax: (860) 808-5387

See also

External links

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The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from July 2, 2010.

  • Jensen biography at Cowdery, Ecker & Murphy, L.L.C.

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from November 5, 2010.


Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Blumenthal (D)
Connecticut Attorney General
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Richard Blumenthal (D)
Connecticut Senate - District 27
Succeeded by
Andrew J. McDonald (D)