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Attorney General of Nevada

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The Attorney General of Nevada is the state's chief legal counsel. The attorney general represents the people of Nevada in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the supreme courts of Nevada and the United States. The attorney general also serves as legal counsel to state officers and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions.

The attorney general may also work with or help district attorneys, local law enforcement, and federal and international criminal justice agencies in the administration of justice. In addition, the attorney general establishes and operates projects and programs to protect Nevadans from fraud or illegal activities that target consumers or threaten public safety, and enforces laws that safeguard the environment and natural resources. Under the state Constitution, the attorney general is elected to a four-year term.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Catherine Cortez Masto. She has served since 2006.


The state Constitution addresses the office of attorney general in Article V, the Executive Department.

Under Article V, Section 19:

A Secretary of State, a Treasurer, a Controller, and an Attorney General, shall be elected at the same time and places, and in the same manner as the Governor.


There are no specific qualifications for this office.


The office is divided into the following divisions:

  • Bureau of Consumer Protection:Enforces consumer protection statutes; consumer rights education; filing consumer complaints; advocating consumer voice in cases with privately held utility companies.
  • Civil: largest division of the attorney general, which is providing legal representation to over 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Criminal Justice:Criminal Justice Division is comprised of 4 prosecution units in 4 regional offices across the state. These units are: the Public Integrity Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, Insurance Fraud Unit and Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit.
  • Gaming: A large portion of the division's litigation is comprised of disciplinary actions brought against gaming licensees for violations of gaming regulations and statutes, litigating disputes regarding the proper payment of taxes and fees, hearings on the surrender of gaming licenses for non-payment of taxes, and actions to add to the list of excluded persons (Black Book).
  • Health and Human Services: includes its Divisions of Health Care Finance and Policy (Medicaid), Welfare and Supportive Services, Health, Mental Health and Developmental Services, Aging Services and the Division of Child and Family Services.
  • Information Services
  • Investigations:investigate criminal offenses committed by state officers and employees
  • Litigation: It provides litigation assistance and advice to deputy attorneys general in other Divisions handling their own litigation.
  • Transportation and Public Safety
  • Specialized areas:
    • Domestic Violence Unit
    • Insurance Fraud Unit
    • Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
    • Nevada Missing Children's Clearinghouse
    • Nevada Technological Crime Board
    • Open Meeting Law Enforcement Unit
    • Private Investigator's Licensing Board
    • Public Integrity Unit
    • Senior Medicare Patrol
    • Tobacco Unit
    • Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit

Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Nevada ballot measures

The Attorney General of Nevada is responsible for all disciplinary matters of the state's campaign finance laws. All complaints are referred to the Attorney General from the Secretary of State's Office. The first step in filing a complaint against a person or a committee is to file with the Secretary of State. The Attorney General handles all complaints regardless if it involves civil or criminal law. [1]

Electoral history


  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary
2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election [2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Catherine Cortez Masto 52.8%
     Republican Party Don Chairez 35.6%
     Write-In 5.3%
Total Votes 574,975


See also: Nevada Attorney General election, 2010

Democratic Primary

  • 2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary

Republican Primary

2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary [3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Travis Barrick 44.4%
     Republican Party Jacob Hafter 34.2%
     None of these candidates 21.4%
Total Votes 157,121

General Election

2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Catherine Cortez Masto 52.8%
     Republican Party Travis Barrick 35.7%
     American Independent Party Joel F. Hansen 7.8%
     None of these candidates 3.7%
Total Votes 704,332


In 2010, the Nevada Attorney General was paid an estimated $133,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Contact Information


Capitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General
Carson City Office
100 North Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4717

Phone: (775) 684-1100
Fax: (775) 684-1108

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