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Rhode Island Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $26,394,782
Term limits:  2 terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Rhode Island general laws, Section 42-9-1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Peter Kilmartin
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 4, 2011
Compensation:  $115,610
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Attorney General of Rhode Island is an elected executive position in the Rhode Island state government. The attorney general is the state's chief law enforcement officer. The department of the attorney general is responsible for the prosecution of all felony criminal cases and misdemeanor appeals brought by state law. Additionally, the attorney general represents all agencies, departments, and commissions in litigation and initiates legal action where necessary to protect the interests of Rhode Island citizens. The attorney general provides legal advice to state officers and state agencies whenever requested.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Peter Kilmartin (D). He was first elected in November 2010 and assumed office in January 2011.[1]

Authority

The office of attorney general, with the state attorney general as its head, is established in the Rhode Island Constitution and Section 42-9-1 of the Rhode Island general laws.

§ 42-9-1:

(a) There shall be a department of the attorney general. The head of the department shall be the attorney general who shall have supervision over the department and shall appoint thirty (30) assistant attorneys general.

Qualifications

According to the Rhode Island Secretary of State, "if you are a registered voter who is 18 years of age or older, you may run for any political office in Rhode Island other than senator in Congress."[2]

  • at least 18 years old
  • a registered voter

Vacancies

Article IV, Section 4 of the state constitution addresses vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the office of secretary of state, attorney general, or treasurer, the Rhode Island General Assembly elects a successor to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. If the vacancy occurs when the general assembly is not in session, the governor appoints a person to fill the vacancy to serve until a successor is elected by the general assembly.

Duties

In their role as the state's chief legal officer, the attorney general is charged with enhancing the economic security of Rhode Island, protecting the public safety of its communities, and restoring public trust in state government by fighting corruption. Specific duties include:

  • prosecuting all felony criminal cases and misdemeanor appeals
  • prosecuting all misdemeanor cases brought by state law enforcement action in the state's district courts
  • represents all state agencies, departments, and commissions in litigation
  • initiates legal action when necessary to protect the interests of Rhode Island citizens[3]

The office of the attorney general is responsible for enforcing the provisions of §§ 12-1-4 through 12-1-12 of the Rhode Island general laws and operates the State Bureau of Criminal Identification.

Elections

Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution specifies that the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and treasurer are to be elected every 4 years during the November general election and shall hold their offices beginning the first Tuesday of January next succeeding their election, until their successors are elected and qualified. The offices are elected in mid-term election years (2010, 2014, 2018, et cetera).

Term limits

According to Article IV, Section 1 of the state constitution, no person may hold the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, or treasurer for more than 2 consecutive four-year terms.

Full History


Divisions

The office of attorney general is divided into three divisions:

  • Administration
  • Civil
  • Criminal

In addition to these divisions, there are four budget programs within the office:

  1. Criminal
  2. Civil
  3. General
  4. Bureau of Criminal Identification[3]

State budget

The budget for the Attorney General's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $26,394,782.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the Attorney General of Rhode Island was paid an estimated $115,610. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2012

In 2012, the Rhode Island Attorney General was paid an estimated $115,610. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Rhode Island

Office of the Attorney General
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-274-4400

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