Attorney General of Rhode Island

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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

Peter Kilmartin.jpg
Name:  Peter Kilmartin
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 4, 2011
Compensation:  $115,610
Elections
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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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. The attorney general is popularly elected every four years in midterm elections and cannot serve more than two full, consecutive terms in office.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Democrat Peter Kilmartin. He was first elected in November 2010 and assumed office in January 2011.[1] Kilmartin won a second term as attorney general in 2014.

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 midterm 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 two consecutive four-year terms.

Full history

2014

See also: Rhode Island attorney general election, 2014

Democratic incumbent Peter Kilmartin won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Attorney General of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Kilmartin Incumbent 56.9% 177,981
     Republican Dawson Hodgson 43% 134,444
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 589
Total Votes 313,014
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

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

See also: Rhode Island state budget and finances

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

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 36, Chapter 6, Section 2 of the Rhode Island General Laws

The attorney general's salary is fixed by law, in accordance with Title 36, Chapter 6, Section 2 of the Rhode Island General Laws (§ 36-6-2).[5]

2014

In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $115,610, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the attorney general was paid an estimated $115,610. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

2012

In 2012, the attorney general was paid an estimated $115,610. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

List of Former Officeholders from 1746-Present[8]
# Name Tenure Party
1 Daniel Updike 1746 - 1747 -
2 Augustus Johnston 1758 - 1766 -
3 Oliver Arnold 1766 - 1771 -
4 Henry Marchant 1771 - 1777 -
5 William Channing 1777 - 1787 -
6 Henry Goodwin 1787 - 1789 -
7 David Howell 1789 - 1790 -
8 Daniel Updike 1790 - 1791 -
9 William Channing 1791 - 1793 -
10 Ray Greene 1794 - 1797 -
11 James Burrill, Jr. 1797 - 1814 -
12 Samuel W. Bridgham 1814 - 1817 -
13 Henry Bowen 1817 - 1819 -
14 Dutee J. Pearce 1819 - 1825 -
15 Albert C. Greene 1825 - 1843 -
16 Joseph M. Blake 1843 - 1851 -
17 Walter S. Burges 1851 - 1854 -
18 Christopher Robinson 1854 - 1855 -
19 Charles Hart 1855 - 1858 -
20 Jerome Kimball 1858 - 1860 -
21 Walter S. Burges 1860 - 1863 -
22 Abraham Payne 1863 - 1864 -
23 Horatio Rogers, Jr. 1864 - 1867 -
24 Willard Sayles 1867 - 1882 -
25 Samuel P. Colt 1882 - 1886 -
26 Edwin Metcalf 1886 - 1887 -
27 Ziba O. Slocum 1887 - 1888 -
28 Horatio Rogers 1888 - 1889 -
29 Ziba O. Slocum 1889 - 1891 -
30 Robert W. Burbank 1891 - 1894 -
31 Edward C. Dubois 1894 - 1897 -
32 Willard B. Tanner 1897 - 1901 Ends.png Republican
33 Charles F. Stearns 1901 - 1905 Electiondot.png Democratic
34 William B. Greenough 1905 - 1912 Ends.png Republican
35 Herbert A. Rice 1912 - 1923 Ends.png Republican
36 Herbert L. Carpenter 1923 - 1925 Electiondot.png Democratic
37 Charles P. Sisson 1922 - 1929 Ends.png Republican
38 Oscar L. Heltzen 1929 - 1930 Ends.png Republican
39 Benjamin M. McLyman 1930 - 1933 Ends.png Republican
40 John P. Hartigan 1933 - 1939 Electiondot.png Democratic
41 Louis V. Jackvony 1939 - 1941 Ends.png Republican
42 John H. Nolan 1941 - 1949 Electiondot.png Democratic
43 William E. Powers 1949 - 1958 Electiondot.png Democratic
44 J. Joseph Nugent 1958 - 1967 Electiondot.png Democratic
45 Herbert F. DeSimone 1967 - 1971 Ends.png Republican
46 Richard J. Israel 1971 - 1975 Ends.png Republican
47 Julius C. Michaelson 1975 - 1979 Electiondot.png Democratic
48 Dennis J. Roberts II 1979 - 1985 Electiondot.png Democratic
49 Arlene N. Violet 1985 - 1987 Ends.png Republican
50 James E. O'Neil 1987 - 1993 Electiondot.png Democratic
51 Jeffrey B. Pine 1993 - 1999 Ends.png Republican
52 Sheldon Whitehouse 1999 - 2003 Electiondot.png Democratic
53 Patrick Lynch 2003 - 2011 Electiondot.png Democratic
54 Peter Kilmartin 2011 - Present Electiondot.png Democratic

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Contact Information

Rhode Island

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

Phone: 401-274-4400

See also

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