Attorney General of Idaho
|Idaho Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$18,725,400|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Idaho Constitution, Article IV, Section 1|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact Information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
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.
The office of attorney general is established in the Idaho Constitution.
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
- 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
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 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|
|Republican||Lawrence Wasden Incumbent||68%||289,762|
|Election Results via Idaho Secretary of State.|
- See also: States with gubernatorial term limits
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Idaho Attorney General, Click [show] to expand the section.
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
- See also: Idaho state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the Attorney General in Fiscal Year 2013 was $18,725,400.
- 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.
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Office of the Attorney General
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83720-0010
- Office of the Idaho Attorney General, "What We Do," accessed April 14, 2015
- Office of the Idaho Attorney General, "Bio," accessed September 29, 2011
- Budget Publications, “State of Idaho 2012 Legislative Fiscal Report for Fiscal Year 2013,” 6.17," accessed June20, 2013
- Idaho State Legislature, "Title 59: Public Officers in General," accessed February 24, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014
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