Attorney General of Idaho

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Idaho Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $18,725,400
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Lawrence Wasden.jpg
Name:  Lawrence Wasden
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2003
Compensation:  $107,100
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of Idaho is the state government's chief legal officer and its primary legal counsel. The attorney general represents the state in legal matters, delivers official legal opinions to state agencies and the legislature, and investigates and prosecutes certain types of serious crime.[1] In Idaho, the attorney general is elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years and is not restricted by term limits.

Current officeholder

The current and 32nd attorney general is Lawrence Wasden, a Republican, who was first elected on November 5, 2002, and took office in January 2003. Wasden was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Wasden had a long history working for the attorney general's office before taking it over in 2003, serving in roles such as chief of staff to the attorney general, deputy chief of staff and deputy attorney general for the Idaho State Tax Commission. He was also a deputy prosecuting attorney in Canyon County and a prosecuting attorney in Owyhee County.[2]


The office of attorney general is established in the Idaho Constitution.

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1

The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state controller, state treasurer, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, each of whom shall hold his office for four years


Per Article IV, Section 3 of the Idaho Constitution, a candidate for attorney general is required to be:

  • at least 30 old
  • a member of the Idaho bar in good standing
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Idaho at least two years prior to the election

Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 3

No person shall be eligible ... to the office of attorney general unless he shall have attained the age of thirty years, and have been admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the state or territory of Idaho, and be in good standing at the time of his election. In addition to the qualifications above described each of the officers named shall be a citizen of the United States and shall have resided within the state or territory two years next preceding his election.


Idaho state government organizational chart

Idaho elects attorneys general to four-year terms in federal midterm election years, that is, even years that are not presidential election years (e.g. 2014, 2018, 2022, 2016, 2022). Winners take office on the first Monday in the January following an election. Thus, January 3, 2011, and January 5, 2015, were inaugural days.

If two candidates ever tie in the general election, a joint session of the legislature chooses the winner by a majority vote.


See also: Idaho attorney general election, 2014
Attorney General of Idaho, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Wasden Incumbent 68% 289,762
     Democratic Bruce Bistline 32% 136,081
Total Votes 425,843
Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

There are no term limits for this office. Out of all of Idaho's state executives, only the Idaho Controller faces term limits.

Full History


Per Article IV, Section 6 of the Idaho Constitution, the governor appoints a replacement to any state office where a vacancy occurs, subject to the approval of the Idaho Senate. The appointee serves until the next general election.


The attorney general acts as the state's primary legal counsel. He represents Idaho in legal matters and issues formal legal opinions on policy issues to state agencies and the state legislature. The attorney general's office also runs a variety of programs to reduce types of serious crime, including child sexual abuse, Medicaid fraud and others.


  • Chief Deputy
  • Assistant Chief Deputy
  • Civil Litigation Division
  • Consumer Protection Division
  • Contracts and Administrative Law Division
  • Criminal Law Division
  • Human Services Division
  • Intergovernmental and Fiscal Law Division
  • Natural Resources Division
  • Administration and Budget Division
  • Office Statistics

State budget

See also: Idaho state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiscal Year 2013 was $18,725,400.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of elected executives in Idaho are determined by the Idaho State Legislature. Salaries cannot be increased or decreased during the current terms of affected officers. In 2014, state legislators passed a bill authorizing annual salaries for executives from 2015 through 2018.[4]


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $107,100, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $105,300. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $103,984. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Office of the Attorney General
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83720-0010

Phone: 208-334-2400
Fax: 208-854-8071

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