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Attorney General of Michigan

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Michigan Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  2 terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Michigan Constitution, Article V, Section 3, the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Bill Schuette.JPG
Name:  Bill Schuette
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2010
Compensation:  $124,900
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other Michigan Executive Offices
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The Attorney General of Michigan is an elected office in the state of Michigan. The attorney general oversees the Office of the Attorney General which is in charge of prosecuting the laws of the state of Michigan.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Bill Schuette. He was elected in 2010 and his term ends in 2014.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the Attorney General in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 3:

The single executives heading principal departments shall include a secretary of state, a state treasurer and an attorney general...


The attorney general is an elected position up for election each alternate even-numbered year. Per the Michigan constitution of 1963, it is a four year term of office, and as amended in 1993, there is a two term limit. Originally this was an appointed position until the 1950 State Constitution.


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [1]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Bill Schuette 52.3%
     Democratic Party David Leyton 43.5%
     Libertarian Party Daniel W. Grow 2.3%
     U.S. Taxpayers Gerald Van Sickle 1.9%
Total Votes 3,136,224


2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election [2]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike Cox (R) 53.8%
Amos Williams (D) 43.5%
Bill Hall (Libertarian) 1.7%
Charles Conces (UST) 1%
Total votes 3,690,415


2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election [3]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Mike Cox (R) 48.9%
Gary Peters (D) 48.7%
Jerry Kaufman (Green) 1.6%
Gerald Van Sickle (UST) 0.9%
Total votes 3,068,012


Vacancy appointments are addressed under Article V, Section 21.

Whenever the attorney general's office is vacant the governor fills the position by appointment.


The main duties of the Attorney General are outlined in the Michigan Compiled Laws:[4]

  • "Prosecute and defend all actions in the supreme court in which the state shall be interested"
  • "Intervene in and appear for the people of this state in any other court or tribunal, in any cause or matter, civil or criminal, in which the people of this state may be a party or interested"

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Michigan ballot measures

The Attorney General of Michigan is responsible for handling all criminal prosecutions under the state's campaign finance laws. [5] The first step in filing a campaign finance complaint is to file with the Secretary of State's office. It is up the Secretary of State to resolve the complaint as the first step before proceeding to civil or criminal prosecution. [5] The Secretary of State is responsible for investigating all campaign finance complaints.


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Michigan Attorney General was paid an estimated $124,900 according to the Council of State Governments.

Article V, Section 23 of the Michigan Constitution defines the method by which the attorney general's compensation is set:

The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general shall each receive the compensation provided by law in full payment for all services performed and expenses incurred during his term of office. Such compensation shall not be changed during the term of office except as otherwise provided in this constitution.

Contact Information

110 State Office Building
305 Lundington
Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: 906-786-0169
Fax: 906-786-6445

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