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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Washington Attorney General''' is the chief attorney of the [[Washington|State of Washington]]. The [[Attorney General|attorney general]] is in charge of approving the language of ballot initiatives, and preparing the ballot title and summary.
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|State = Washington
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|Office= Attorney General
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Image = WA Atty Gen logo.JPG
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|Office website = http://www.atg.wa.gov/
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|Budget = 227546000
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|Budget year = 2011-2013
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|Term limits =
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =[[Article III, Washington State Constitution|Washington Constitution, Article 3, Section 2]]
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|Selected = Elected
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|Current officeholder = Bob Ferguson
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|Partisan =  Democratic
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|Officeholder image =Bob Ferguson Head Shot.jpg
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|Assumed office =  January 16, 2013
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|Compensation = 151,718
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|Next election =November 8, 2016
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|Last election=[[Washington attorney general election, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Other offices = [[Governor of Washington|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Washington|Lieutenant Governor]] •  [[Secretary of State of Washington|Secretary of State]] • [[Washington Attorney General|Attorney General]] •  [[Washington Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Washington Auditor|Auditor]] •  [[Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]]• •  [[Washington Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] •  [[Washington Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]]• [[Washington Commissioner of Public Lands|Natural Resources Commissioner]]• [[Washington Director of Labor and Industries|Labor Commissioner]]• [[Washington Chairman of Utilities and Transportation|Public Service Commissioner]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Attorney General of Washington''' is an elected executive position in the [[Washington]] state government. As the chief legal officer for the state, the [[Attorney General|attorney general]] represents state clients and the public interest as directed by state law.  
  
The current officeholder is [[Rob McKenna]].
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==Current officeholder==
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The current officeholder is [[Bob Ferguson]], a [[Democratic|Democrat]] elected in 2012. He succeeded former [[Republican]] attorney general [[Rob McKenna]] on January 16, 2013.
  
==Role in the initiative process==
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==Authority==
The attorney general formulates the [[ballot title|title]] and summary of each submitted [[ballot measure]], with five working days allowed after receiving the measure from the Secretary of state to complete this task.
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[[Article III, Washington State Constitution|Article 3]] of the [[Washington Constitution|state constitution]] establishes the state's executive offices.
  
The [[ballot title]] involves:
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'''Article III, Section 2:'''
* A statement of the initiative that is no more than 10 words long,
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* A concise description of the measure consisting of no more than 30 words,
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* An bjective summary consisting of no more than 75 words.
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The petitioner may contest the language of the ballot in court if dissatisfied.
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'''''Executive Department.''' The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.''
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==Campaign finance==
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==Qualifications==
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Under state law, the attorney general must be a qualified practitioner of the [[Judgepedia:Vermont Supreme Court|state supreme court]].
  
: Main article: [[Campaign finance requirements for Washington ballot measures]]
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Additionally, [[Article III, Washington State Constitution#Section 25|Article 3, Section 25]] of the [[Washington State Constitution|state constitution]] establishes the qualifications of state offices in general:
  
The Washington Attorney General is responsible for all campaign finance disciplinary manners regardless if the violation involves civil or criminal laws. The first step in filing a campaign finance complaint is to file with the [[Washington Public Disclosure Commission]]<ref>[http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.17.360 ''Washington State Legislature'' "Washington Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute Revised Code of Washington 42.17.360(5))</ref>.  It is up to the Washington PDC to determine enough probable cause before referring any complaint to the Attorney General<ref>[http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.17.380 ''Washington State Legislature'' "Washington Campaign Finance Law"](Referenced Statute Revised Code of Washington 42.17.380)</ref>..
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| '''Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished.''' No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
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*a citizen of the United States
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*a qualified elector in Washington
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==Elections==
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In Washington, the [[Governor of Washington|governor]], [[Lieutenant Governor of Washington|lieutenant governor]], [[Washington Secretary of State|secretary of state]], [[Washington Treasurer|treasurer]], [[Washington State Auditor|auditor]], [[Attorney General of Washington|attorney general]], [[Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction|superintendent of public instruction]], and [[Washington Commissioner of Public Lands|commissioner of public lands]] are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.
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Washington elects their state executives in presidential years ([[Washington state executive official elections, 2012|2012]], 2016, and 2020).
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===2012===
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:''See also: [[Washington attorney general election, 2012]]''
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Incumbent [[Rob McKenna]] chose to run for [[Governor of Washington]] rather than run for re-election as attorney general in 2012, and [[Bob Ferguson]] (D) won the open seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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*'''2012 General Election Results for Washington Attorney General'''
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==Vacancies==
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In the event of a vacancy in this office, the [[Governor of Washington|governor]] shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The term of the appointee expires when a successor has been elected and qualified.
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==Duties==
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The specific duties of the attorney general are outlines in Chapter 43 of the Washington state laws:<ref>[http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=43.10.030 ''Washington State legislature,'' "RCW 43.10.030: General powers and duties," accessed December 9, 2011]</ref>
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#Appear for and represent the state before the supreme court or the court of appeals in all cases in which the state is interested;
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#Institute and prosecute all actions and proceedings for, or for the use of the state, which may be necessary in the execution of the duties of any state officer;
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#Defend all actions and proceedings against any state officer or employee acting in his or her official capacity, in any of the courts of this state or the United States;
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#Consult with and advise the several prosecuting attorneys in matters relating to the duties of their office, and when the interests of the state require, he or she shall attend the trial of any person accused of a crime, and assist in the prosecution;
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#Consult with and advise the governor, members of the legislature, and other state officers, and when requested, give written opinions upon all constitutional or legal questions relating to the duties of such officers;
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#Prepare proper drafts of contracts and other instruments relating to subjects in which the state is interested;
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#Give written opinions, when requested by either branch of the legislature, or any committee thereof, upon constitutional or legal questions;
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#Enforce the proper application of funds appropriated for the public institutions of the state, and prosecute corporations for failure or refusal to make the reports required by law;
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#Keep in proper books a record of all cases prosecuted or defended by him or her, on behalf of the state or its officers, and of all proceedings had in relation thereto, and deliver the same to his or her successor in office;
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#Keep books in which he or she shall record all the official opinions given by him or her during his or her term of office, and deliver the same to his or her successor in office;
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#Pay into the state treasury all moneys received by him or her for the use of the state.
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==Divisions==
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The office of the Washington Attorney General has '''27 legal divisions located in 12 different cities''' across the state.
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*Agriculture & Health
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*Antitrust
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*Bankruptcy & Collections
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*Consumer Protection
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*Corrections
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*Criminal Justice
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*Ecology
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*Education
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*Fish, Wildlife & Parks
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*Government Compliance & Enforcement
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*Government Operations
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*Labor & Industries
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*Labor & Personnel
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*Licensing & Administrative Law
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*Natural Resources
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*Public Counsel
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*Regional Services
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*Revenue
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*Social & Health Services
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*Solicitor General
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*Torts
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*Transportation & Public Construction
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*University of Washington
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*Utilities & Transportation
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*Washington State University
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Attorney General's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $227,546,000.<ref> [http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/House/1087-S.SL.pdf#page=16&zoom=74,0,694 ''Washington Office of Financial Management,'' "2011-13 Operating Budget,"  accessed April 4, 2013] </ref>
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==Compensation==
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::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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In 2012, the Attorney General of Washington was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$151,718]] according to the [[Council of State Governments]].
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[[Article III, Washington State Constitution#21|Article III, Section 21]] of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the attorney general at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it.
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==Historical officeholders==
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==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
==Contact information==
1125 Washington Street SE<BR>
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1125 Washington Street SE<br>
PO Box 40100<BR>
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PO Box 40100<br>
Olympia, WA  98504-0100<BR>
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Olympia, WA  98504-0100<br>
Phone:360-753-6200
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'''Phone:''' (360) 753-6200
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Rob McKenna|Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna]]
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*[[Bob Ferguson|Bob Ferguson, Current Attorney General of Washington]]
*[[Washington Governor]]
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*[[Rob McKenna|Rob McKenna, Former Attorney General of Washington]]
*[[Washington Lieutenant Governor]]
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*[[Governor of Washington]]
*[[Washington Secretary of State]]
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*[[Lieutenant Governor of Washington]]
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*[[Secretary of State for Washington]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.atg.wa.gov/ ''Office of the Washington Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.atg.wa.gov/AboutTheOffice/default.aspx ''About the office of the Washington Attorney General'']
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*[http://www.atg.wa.gov/ Office of the Washington Attorney General]
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*[http://www.naag.org/ National Association of Attorneys General]
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*[http://www.atg.wa.gov/InGeneral.aspx Attorney General blog]
  
 
==References==
 
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Revision as of 08:07, 21 June 2013

Washington Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $227,546,000
Term limits:  None
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Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Washington Constitution, Article 3, Section 2
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Bob Ferguson Head Shot.jpg
Name:  Bob Ferguson
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  January 16, 2013
Compensation:  $151,718
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
Other Washington Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of Education• • Agriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commissioner
The Attorney General of Washington is an elected executive position in the Washington state government. As the chief legal officer for the state, the attorney general represents state clients and the public interest as directed by state law.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Bob Ferguson, a Democrat elected in 2012. He succeeded former Republican attorney general Rob McKenna on January 16, 2013.

Authority

Article 3 of the state constitution establishes the state's executive offices.

Article III, Section 2:

Executive Department. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature.

Qualifications

Under state law, the attorney general must be a qualified practitioner of the state supreme court.

Additionally, Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of state offices in general:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington

Elections

In Washington, the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of public lands are elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects their state executives in presidential years (2012, 2016, and 2020).

2012

See also: Washington attorney general election, 2012

Incumbent Rob McKenna chose to run for Governor of Washington rather than run for re-election as attorney general in 2012, and Bob Ferguson (D) won the open seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.

  • 2012 General Election Results for Washington Attorney General
Attorney General of Washington General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ferguson 53.5% 1,564,443
     Republican Reagan Dunn 46.5% 1,361,010
Total Votes 2,925,453
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy in this office, the governor shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The term of the appointee expires when a successor has been elected and qualified.

Duties

The specific duties of the attorney general are outlines in Chapter 43 of the Washington state laws:[1]

  1. Appear for and represent the state before the supreme court or the court of appeals in all cases in which the state is interested;
  2. Institute and prosecute all actions and proceedings for, or for the use of the state, which may be necessary in the execution of the duties of any state officer;
  3. Defend all actions and proceedings against any state officer or employee acting in his or her official capacity, in any of the courts of this state or the United States;
  4. Consult with and advise the several prosecuting attorneys in matters relating to the duties of their office, and when the interests of the state require, he or she shall attend the trial of any person accused of a crime, and assist in the prosecution;
  5. Consult with and advise the governor, members of the legislature, and other state officers, and when requested, give written opinions upon all constitutional or legal questions relating to the duties of such officers;
  6. Prepare proper drafts of contracts and other instruments relating to subjects in which the state is interested;
  7. Give written opinions, when requested by either branch of the legislature, or any committee thereof, upon constitutional or legal questions;
  8. Enforce the proper application of funds appropriated for the public institutions of the state, and prosecute corporations for failure or refusal to make the reports required by law;
  9. Keep in proper books a record of all cases prosecuted or defended by him or her, on behalf of the state or its officers, and of all proceedings had in relation thereto, and deliver the same to his or her successor in office;
  10. Keep books in which he or she shall record all the official opinions given by him or her during his or her term of office, and deliver the same to his or her successor in office;
  11. Pay into the state treasury all moneys received by him or her for the use of the state.

Divisions

The office of the Washington Attorney General has 27 legal divisions located in 12 different cities across the state.

  • Agriculture & Health
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy & Collections
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Government Compliance & Enforcement
  • Government Operations
  • Labor & Industries
  • Labor & Personnel
  • Licensing & Administrative Law
  • Natural Resources
  • Public Counsel
  • Regional Services
  • Revenue
  • Social & Health Services
  • Solicitor General
  • Torts
  • Transportation & Public Construction
  • University of Washington
  • Utilities & Transportation
  • Washington State University

State budget

The budget for the Attorney General's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $227,546,000.[2]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Attorney General of Washington was paid an estimated $151,718 according to the Council of State Governments.

Article III, Section 21 of the state constitution initially set the annual salary of the attorney general at $2,000 but allowed for the state legislature to increase it.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

1125 Washington Street SE
PO Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504-0100

Phone: (360) 753-6200

See also

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