Attorney General of Oregon

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Oregon Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $413,491,336
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Oregon Statutes, Chapter 180, Section 010
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Ellen Rosenblum.jpg
Name:  Ellen Rosenblum
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  June 29, 2012
Compensation:  $77,200
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Attorney General of Oregon is a statutory office within the executive branch of the state of Oregon. The attorney general serves as the chief legal officer of the state and heads the state's Department of Justice.

Current officeholder

Ellen Rosenblum was sworn in as Oregon's first female attorney general on June 29, 2012.[1] On June 6, 2012 Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Rosenblum, a former appelate and circuit court judge, to serve the remainder of resigned officeholder John Kroger's unexpired term. She was elected to a full term as attorney general in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Kroger was elected to the position in 2008. He first decided against seeking re-election in 2012 because of an undisclosed health problem, but later vacated his seat in order to take a new job, as President of Reed College in Portland.[2]

Authority

The Attorney General of Oregon's office is established in Chapter 180.010 of the Oregon Statutes.

Chapter 180, Section 010: Office of the Attorney General

There is established the office of Attorney General of the State of Oregon.

Qualifications

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Elections

The attorney general is elected every four years, in Presidential election years. The office were up for election in 2012, 2016, and 2020.

2012

See also: Oregon attorney general election, 2012

Democrat Ellen Rosenblum defeated three opponents in the general election on November 6, 2012. Rosenblum was the incumbent heading into the general election, having been appointed to finish the unexpired of former attorney general John Kroger, who resigned in July of 2012 to become president of Reed College.

  • 2012 General Election Results for Oregon Attorney General
Attorney General of Oregon General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Rosenblum Incumbent 56.3% 917,627
     Republican James Buchal 39.2% 639,363
     Libertarian James Leuenberger 2.8% 45,451
     Progressive Chris Henry 1.7% 28,187
Total Votes 1,630,628
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.


Vacancies

Chapter 180.040 of the Oregon Statutes outlines how vacancies in the office of Oregon attorney general are to be filled. In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor shall appoint a "suitable person" to the position until the next general election, when a successor shall be elected for a full term.

Duties

The attorney general represents the state of Oregon in all court actions and other legal proceedings in which it is a party or has an interest and provides written opinions upon any question of law in which any government entity within the state may have an interest when requested by the governor, any state agency official or any member of the legislature. The attorney general does not render opinions or give legal advice to any other persons or agencies.

The official duties of the office are outlined in Chapter 180 of the Oregon Statutes:[3]

  • Appear for the state in the trial of all civil and criminal causes in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals in which the state may be directly or indirectly interested.
  • Appear for the state, when required by the Governor or the legislature, in any court or tribunal in any cause in which the state is a party or in which the state is directly interested.
  • Appear, commence, prosecute or defend for the state all causes or proceedings in the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals in which the state is a party or interested.
  • Appear, commence, prosecute or defend any action, suit, matter, cause or proceeding in any court when requested by any state officer, board or commission when, in the discretion of the Attorney General, the same may be necessary or advisable to protect the interests of the state.
  • Shall give opinion in writing, when requested, upon any question of law in which the State of Oregon or any public subdivision of the state may have an interest, submitted to the Attorney General by the Governor, any officer, agency, department, board or commission of the state or any member of the legislature.

Divisions

  • Administrative Services
  • Appellate
  • Child Support
  • Civil Enforcement
  • Crime Victims
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Counsel
  • Trial

State budget

The budget for the Department of Justice in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $413,491,336.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Attorney General of Oregon was paid an estimated $77,200 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Oregon

Department of Justice
1162 Court Street Northeast
Salem, OR 97301-4096

Phone: 503-378-4400
Toll Free: 800-735-2900

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