Jack McMullen

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Jack McMullen
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Candidate for
Attorney General of Vermont
Bachelor'sColumbia University
Master'sHarvard Business School (1972)
J.D.Harvard Law School (1973)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1964-1969
Place of birthStaten Island, New York
Personal website
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Jack McMullen is Burlington businessman and 2012 Republican candidate for Attorney General of Vermont.[1]


McMullen was raised in a blue collar neighborhood in Staten Island, New York. He remained in his home state after high school, attending Columbia University for his undergraduate degree in Applied Physics and Electronics Engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1969. Under the mentorship of Admiral Hyman Rickover, McMullen was able to work in Washington D.C. managing a project to update the reactors powering the Navy’s fleet of nuclear submarines. He left the Navy as a Lieutenant and used the G.I. Bill to return to academia. He earned both his MBA and J.D. from Harvard by 1973.[2]

McMullen's resume includes serving on the faculty of Harvard’s law and business schools, teaching and researching business strategy, and working as a crime and pension policy adviser to Democratic Senator Bill Bradley in the mid-1990's. He is a member of the New York, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. bars, and is currently seeking a waiver from the Vermont bar to practice law in the Green Mountains.[3]


  • B.A. Columbia University
  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School (1972)
  • J.D. Harvard Law School (1973)



See also: Vermont attorney general election, 2012

McMullen ran for attorney general of Vermont in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary election on August 28th[4] and faced three opponents in the general election: Seven-term incumbent Bill Sorrell (D), Ed Stanak (Progressive), and Rosemarie Jackowski (Liberty Union).[5] The general election took place on November 6, 2012. McMullen was defeated by incumbent Sorrell.[6]

He told the Bennington Banner in a July 4 interview that, "I will bring a different perspective to the duties of attorney general if elected. My background is in both law and business, and I believe the limited resources of the state’s top attorney can be better deployed to get things done for Vermonters by considering both the legal and economic impact of matters taken on by the office."[7]

Attorney General of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sorrell Incumbent 57.9% 164,441
     Republican Jack McMullen 33.3% 94,588
     Progressive Ed Stanak 5.5% 15,629
     Liberty Union Rosemarie Jackowski 3% 8,533
     Independent Write-in 0.2% 588
Total Votes 283,779
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.


  • Drug Crime

McMullen told Vt Digger in June 26 interview that under Sorrell's leadership, the office's already limited resources were being inappropriately allocated to enforcing laws like product-labeling regulation when the bulk of funds ought to go toward cracking down the state's growing drug problem. Vermont's drug crisis is "fueled largely by two things: People from out of state coming in and realizing enforcement isn’t that great here – easy pickings in other words, and prescription drugs, which are being abused,” McMullen said, prescribing the office's adoption of stricter enforcement policies and differential sentencing for out-of-state revelers.[8]


McMullen ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2004.[8]

U.S. Senate- Vermont, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick J. Leahy 70.5% 212,850
     Republican Jack McMullen 24.7% 74,704
     n/a Other 4.7% 14,339
Total Votes 301,893



U.S. Senate- Vermont, 1998
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Tuttle 54.9% 28,355
Jack McMullen 45.1% 23,321
Total Votes 51,676


Before entering the 2012 race for attorney general, McMullen was best known as the 1998 wealthy Harvard educated Senate candidate who lost the Republican primary contest to a high-school dropout, native Vermonter named Fred Tuttle after failing to demonstrate an adequate familiarity with cow anatomy and names of local establishments.[11] In an interview conducted by local news publication "VT Digger" after the 2012 filing deadline, McMullen recalled that the story of his botched bid for Senate in 1998 attracted the attention of international news sources stretching all the way to Uzbekistan.[8] In the interview, he said he can see the humor in it, but then turned his tone, admonishing, "shouldn’t we be talking about home invasions and whether we appeal at millions of dollars the nuclear issue, or for that matter data mining or campaign finance reform? Half the Legislature knew that was unconstitutional."[8]

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McMullen lost the election to the position of Vermont Attorney General in 2012. During that election cycle, McMullen raised a total of $212,390.


McMullen currently resides in Burlington, Vermont.[2]

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