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Attorney General of Wisconsin

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The Attorney General of Wisconsin is an elected position in the Wyoming state government. The attorney general is the hed of the state Department of Justice and the chief legal officer for the state. They provide legal advice and representation for all state agencies.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is J.B. Van Hollen. He was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

Authority

The attorney general's office is authorized by Chapter 15.25 of the Wisconsin state code.[1]

Chapter 15.25:

Department of justice; creation. There is created a department of justice under the direction and supervision of the attorney general.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications to hold this office.

Elections

According to Article 6 of the state constitution, the attorney general is elected every four years, in mid-term election years, to a four-year term. In Wisconsin, the attorney general is elected in 2010, 2014, and 2018.

Vacancies

Chapter 17.19(4) of the Wisconsin state code addresses vacancies in the office of attorney general. In the event of a vacancy for any reason, the governor shall appoint a successor to serve until a special election can be held. If no such election is held, the appointee holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term. [2]

Duties

Divisions of the office

The office of the attorney general is divided into four divisions and one office:

  • The Division of Criminal Investigation investigates crimes that are statewide in nature or of particular import.[3]
  • The Division of Law Enforcement Services provides technical assistance and training to state and local law enforcement agencies.[3]
  • The Division of Legal Services provides legal advice and representation to the governor, state legislature, other state officers and agencies, district attorneys, and county corporation counsels. The following specialized legal units are housed in this division:
  • Civil litigation
  • Criminal appeals
  • Criminal litigation, antitrust, consumer protection, and public integrity
  • Employment
  • Environmental protection
  • State programs, administration & revenue
  • Medicaid fraud control and elder abuse unit[3]
  • The Division of Management Services provides operational support to the department.[3]
  • The Office of Crime Victim Services provides assistance to victims and witnesses of crimes.[3]

Compensation

In 2010, the Wisconsin Attorney General was paid an estimated $133,033 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Former officeholders

Since 1848, Wisconsin has had 42 attorneys general. Bronson C. LaFollette served twice, non-consecutively.

Click "show" for former officeholders.[5]

Contact Information

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Justice
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857

Phone: 608-266-1221
Fax: 608-267-2779

See also

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