Attorney General of Kansas

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

Name:  Derek Schmidt
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $98,901
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Kansas Executive Offices
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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.


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.


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


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)


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.


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].


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



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

In 2011, the Attorney General received compensation in the amount of $98,901. [4]

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

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

See also

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