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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of Kansas''' is one of four statewide constitutional offices in [[Kansas]].  The office is the chief law enforcement agency for the state.  The [[Attorney General|attorney general]] provides legal services to state agencies and boards, protects consumers from fraud, assists the victims of crime, and defends the state in civil proceedings.
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|State =Kansas
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|Office=Attorney General
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|Office type = Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Kansas.svg.png
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|Office website = http://www.ksag.org/home/
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|Budget =  22291527
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =[[Article 1, Kansas Constitution#Section 1|Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1]]
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|Selected =Elected
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|Current officeholder =Derek Schmidt
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|Partisan =Republican
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|Officeholder image = SchmidtDerek15th.jpg
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|Assumed office = January 10, 2011
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|Compensation = 98,901
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|Next election =[[Kansas state executive official elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Last election= November 2, 2010
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|Other offices =[[Governor of Kansas|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Kansas|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Kansas Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Attorney General of Kansas|Attorney General]] • [[Kansas Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Kansas Commissioner of Education|Commissioner of Education]] • [[Kansas Secretary of Agriculture|Agriculture Secretary]] • [[Kansas Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[Kansas Secretary of Wildlife and Parks|Wildlife and Parks Secretary]] • [[Kansas Secretary of Labor|Labor Secretary]] • [[Kansas Corporation Commission|Corporation Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Attorney General of Kansas''' is one of four statewide constitutional offices in [[Kansas]].  The office is the chief law enforcement agency for the state.  The [[Attorney General|attorney general]] provides legal services to state agencies and boards, protects consumers from fraud, assists the victims of crime, and defends the state in civil proceedings.
  
The current occupant of the office is [[Stephen Six]], who succeeded [[Paul Morrison‎]] in 2008.  Morrison was elected in 2006 but resigned in late 2007 in the wake of a scandal.
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==Current officeholder==
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The current occupant of the office is Republican [[Derek Schmidt]]. He resigned his seat on the Kansas State Senate upon his defeat of former Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six in November 2010. [[Derek Schmidt| Schmidt]] took office January 10, 2011.
  
==2010 race==
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==Authority==
A former assistant attorney general, Ralph DeZago, has announced his intention to seek the [[Republican]] nomination for Kansas Attorney General in 2010.
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The Attorney General's powers are derived from Article 1 of the Kansas Constitution.
  
"DeZago cites his legal experience as his primary qualification for the position. He served as chief public defender for the Eighth Judicial District for 16 years. His jurisdiction eventually expanded to include much of north-central Kansas, including Salina, Abilene, Junction City and Manhattan." <ref>[http://www.salina.com/news/story/DeZago-running-7-9-09 ''Salina Journal'' "Dezago to run for Kansas Attorney General in 2010" July 10, 2009]</ref>
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'''Article 1, Section 1:'''
  
==Campaign finance==
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| The constitutional officers of the executive department shall be the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, who shall have such qualifications as are provided by law.
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==Qualifications==
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There are no constitutional or statutory qualifications for this office.<ref>[http://www.sos.ks.gov/forms/elections/election_standards/ChapIV-Candidates.pdf ''Kansas Secretary of State,'' "Kansas Election Standards (Chapter IV: Candidates, p. IV-11)," accessed January 27, 2012]</ref>
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==Elections==
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[[File:Kansas exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Kansas state government organizational chart]]
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:: ''See also: [[States with gubernatorial term limits]], [[State legislatures with term limits]]''
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As with other executive officers, the Attorney General is elected to serve for a term of four years of length, which runs concurrently with the term of the [[Governor of Kansas|governor]]. The election is held in November and the statewide official takes office the following January.
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===Term limits===
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There is no [[term limit]] for this office. <small>'''([[Article 1, Kansas Constitution#Section 1|Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1]])'''</small>
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==Vacancies==
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[[Kansas Constitution| Article 1]], Section 11 addresses the legal procedure for filling [[Kansas Constitution| Vacancies in Executive Offices]].
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| When the office of secretary of state or attorney general is vacant, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term. If the secretary of state or attorney general is disabled, the governor shall name a person to assume the powers and duties of the office until the disability is removed.
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==Duties==
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The Attorney General of Kansas is the state's chief legal official and law enforcement official. The Attorney General's office carries out its prescribed duties through the coordinated efforts of its constituent divisions. The office is responsible for protecting consumers from fraud, assisting the victims of crime, defending the state in civil proceedings, giving legal council to the state's various agencies and boards, and ensuring the legal integrity of overall governmental operations as per Kansas' [[Kansas Constitution| constitutional]] guidelines and state code.
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===Campaign finance===
  
 
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The Kansas Attorney General has authority over discipline of campaign finance law violations if it involves criminal laws or other matters that are not specified in the jurisdiction of the [[Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission]].  The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.  It is up to the KGEC to determine the validity of a complaint before beginning any investigation<ref>[http://ethics.ks.gov/statsandregs/25-4161.html "Kansas GEC" Kansas Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 25-4161 (a)-(e))</ref>.
 
The Kansas Attorney General has authority over discipline of campaign finance law violations if it involves criminal laws or other matters that are not specified in the jurisdiction of the [[Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission]].  The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.  It is up to the KGEC to determine the validity of a complaint before beginning any investigation<ref>[http://ethics.ks.gov/statsandregs/25-4161.html "Kansas GEC" Kansas Campaign Finance Law](Referenced Statute 25-4161 (a)-(e))</ref>.
  
==Contact information==
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==Divisions==
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Each of the seven divisions which compose the Office of the [[Attorney General]] is charged with performing a different set of duties.
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#Civil Litigation Division
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#Consumer Protection Division
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#Criminal Litigation Division
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#Kansas Bureau of Investigation
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#Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division
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#Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division
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#Victims' Services Division
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<ref>[http://ag.ks.gov/about-the-office/divisions, ''Office of the AG'', "Divisions," accessed January 31, 2012]</ref>
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==State budget==
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The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2012 was $22,291,527.<ref>[http://budget.ks.gov/publications/FY2014/FY2014_GBR_Vol2.pdf ''The Governor's State of Kansas Budget Report,''"Volume 2 Fiscal Year 2014," 113, accessed June 27, 2013]</ref>
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==Compensation==
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The Attorney General is guaranteed compensation under [[Article 1, Kansas Constitution| Article 1, Section 13]] of the [[Kansas Constitution]]
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===2013===
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In 2013, the attorney general received [[Compensation of state executive officers|a salary of $98,901.]] This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014]</ref>
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===2011===
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In 2011, the Attorney General received compensation in the amount of $98,901.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/content/book-states-2011-chapter-4-state-executive-branch, ''The Council of State Governments, "Book of States 2011- Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2012]</ref>
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==Historical officeholders==
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There have been 44 Attorney Generals of Kansas since 1861. There were also three Attorney Generals of the Kansas Territory between 1854-1861.  Of the 47 officeholders, 35 were Republican, 7 were Democrat, 2 were Populist and 3 unknown.
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| 1||Andrew Jackson Isacks||1854-1857||NA
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| 2||William Weer||1857-1858||NA
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| 3||Alson C. Davis||1858-1861||NA
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| 5||Charles Chadwick||1861||{{red dot}}
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| 6||Samuel Adams Stinson||1861-1863||{{red dot}}
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| 7||Warren William Guthrie||1863-1865||{{red dot}}
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| 8||Jerome D. Brumbaugh||1865-1867||{{red dot}}
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| 9||George H. Hoyt||1867-1869||{{red dot}}
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| 10||Addison Danford||1869-1871||{{red dot}}
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| 11||Archibald L. Williams||1871-1875||{{red dot}}
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| 12||Asa Maxson Fitz Randolph||1875-1877||{{red dot}}
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| 13||Willard Davis||1877-1881||{{red dot}}
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| 14||William Agnew Johnston||1881-1884||{{red dot}}
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| 15||George Price Smith||1884-1885||{{blue dot}}
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| 16||Simeon Briggs Bradford||1885-1889||{{red dot}}
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| 17||Lyman Beecher Kellogg||1889-1891||{{red dot}}
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| 18||John Nutt Ives||1891-1893||{{blue dot}}
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| 19||John Thomas Little||1893-1895||Populist
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| 20||Fernando Brenton Dawes||1895-1897||{{red dot}}
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| 21||Louis C. Boyle||1897-1899||Populist
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| 22||Aretas Allen Godard||1899-1903||{{red dot}}
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| 23||Chiles Crittendon Coleman||1903-1907||{{red dot}}
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| 24||Fred Schuyler Jackson||1907-1911||{{red dot}}
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| 25||John Shaw Dawson||1911-1915||{{red dot}}
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| 26||Sardius Mason Brewster||1915-1919||{{red dot}}
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| 27||Richard Joseph Hopkins||1919-1923||{{red dot}}
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| 28||Charles Benjamin Griffith||1923-1927||{{red dot}}
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| 29||William A. Smith||1927-1930||{{red dot}}
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| 30||Roland Boynton||1930-1935||{{red dot}}
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| 31||Clarence Victor Beck||1935-1939||{{red dot}}
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| 32||Jay S. Parker||1939-1943||{{red dot}}
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| 33||Alexander Baldwin Mitchell||1943-1947||{{red dot}}
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| 34||Edward F. Arn||1947-1949||{{red dot}}
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| 35||Harold Ralph Fatzer||1949-1956||{{red dot}}
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| 36||John Anderson, Jr.||1956-1961||{{red dot}}
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| 37||William M. Ferguson||1961-1965||{{red dot}}
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| 38||Robert C. Londerholm||1965-1969||{{red dot}}
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| 39||Kent Frizzell||1969-1971||{{red dot}}
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| 40||Vern Miller||1971-1975||{{blue dot}}
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| 41||Curt T. Schneider||1975-1979||{{blue dot}}
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| 42||Robert T. Stephan||1979-1995||{{red dot}}
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| 43||Carla J. Stovall||1995-2003||{{red dot}}
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| 44||Phill Kline||2003-2007||{{red dot}}
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| 45||[[Paul Morrison]]||2007-2008||{{blue dot}}
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| 46||[[Stephen Six]]||2008-2011||{{blue dot}}
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| 47||[[Derek Schmidt]]||2011-||{{red dot}}
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==Recent news==
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==Contact Information==
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'''Capitol Address:'''<br>{{ksflag}}
 
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six<br>
 
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six<br>
 
Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor<br>
 
Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor<br>
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Topeka, KS 66612<br>
 
Topeka, KS 66612<br>
  
'''Phone:''' 785-296-2215<br>
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'''Phone:''' (785) 296-2215<br>
'''Toll Free Phone:''' 888-428-8436<br>
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'''Toll Free Phone:''' (888) 428-8436<br>
'''Fax:''' 785-296-6296<br>
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'''Fax:''' (785) 296-6296<br>
 
'''E-mail:''' [mailto:general@ksag.org general@ksag.org]
 
'''E-mail:''' [mailto:general@ksag.org general@ksag.org]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Stephen Six|Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six]]
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{{Kansas elected executive}}
*[[Kansas Governor]]
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*[[Kansas Lieutenant Governor]]
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*[[Kansas Secretary of State]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.ksag.org/home/ Website of the Kansas AG]
 
* [http://www.ksag.org/home/ Website of the Kansas AG]
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* [http://ag.ks.gov/about-the-office/ag-derek-schmidt Official biography of Schmidt]
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 07:41, 16 April 2014

Kansas Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
FY Budget:  $22,291,527
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

SchmidtDerek15th.jpg
Name:  Derek Schmidt
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $98,901
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Kansas Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerCommissioner of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance CommissionerWildlife and Parks SecretaryLabor SecretaryCorporation Commission
The Attorney General of Kansas is one of four statewide constitutional offices in Kansas. The office is the chief law enforcement agency for the state. The attorney general provides legal services to state agencies and boards, protects consumers from fraud, assists the victims of crime, and defends the state in civil proceedings.

Current officeholder

The current occupant of the office is Republican Derek Schmidt. He resigned his seat on the Kansas State Senate upon his defeat of former Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six in November 2010. Schmidt took office January 10, 2011.

Authority

The Attorney General's powers are derived from Article 1 of the Kansas Constitution.

Article 1, Section 1:

The constitutional officers of the executive department shall be the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, who shall have such qualifications as are provided by law.

Qualifications

There are no constitutional or statutory qualifications for this office.[1]

Elections

Kansas state government organizational chart
See also: States with gubernatorial term limits, State legislatures with term limits

As with other executive officers, the Attorney General is elected to serve for a term of four years of length, which runs concurrently with the term of the governor. The election is held in November and the statewide official takes office the following January.

Term limits

There is no term limit for this office. (Kansas Constitution, Article I § 1)

Vacancies

Article 1, Section 11 addresses the legal procedure for filling Vacancies in Executive Offices.

When the office of secretary of state or attorney general is vacant, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment for the remainder of the term. If the secretary of state or attorney general is disabled, the governor shall name a person to assume the powers and duties of the office until the disability is removed.

Duties

The Attorney General of Kansas is the state's chief legal official and law enforcement official. The Attorney General's office carries out its prescribed duties through the coordinated efforts of its constituent divisions. The office is responsible for protecting consumers from fraud, assisting the victims of crime, defending the state in civil proceedings, giving legal council to the state's various agencies and boards, and ensuring the legal integrity of overall governmental operations as per Kansas' constitutional guidelines and state code.

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Kansas ballot measures

The Kansas Attorney General has authority over discipline of campaign finance law violations if it involves criminal laws or other matters that are not specified in the jurisdiction of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. The first step in filing a complaint is to file with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. It is up to the KGEC to determine the validity of a complaint before beginning any investigation[2].

Divisions

Each of the seven divisions which compose the Office of the Attorney General is charged with performing a different set of duties.

  1. Civil Litigation Division
  2. Consumer Protection Division
  3. Criminal Litigation Division
  4. Kansas Bureau of Investigation
  5. Legal Opinions and Government Counsel Division
  6. Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division
  7. Victims' Services Division

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State budget

The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2012 was $22,291,527.[4]

Compensation

The Attorney General is guaranteed compensation under Article 1, Section 13 of the Kansas Constitution

2013

In 2013, the attorney general received a salary of $98,901. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2011

In 2011, the Attorney General received compensation in the amount of $98,901.[6]

Historical officeholders

There have been 44 Attorney Generals of Kansas since 1861. There were also three Attorney Generals of the Kansas Territory between 1854-1861. Of the 47 officeholders, 35 were Republican, 7 were Democrat, 2 were Populist and 3 unknown.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Kansas + Attorney + General

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Attorney General of Kansas News Feed

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Kansas

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six
Memorial Hall, 2nd Floor
120 Southwest 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: (785) 296-2215
Toll Free Phone: (888) 428-8436
Fax: (785) 296-6296
E-mail: general@ksag.org

See also

External links

References