Attorney General of Wisconsin
The current officeholder is J.B. Van Hollen. He was first elected in 2006 and assumed office on January 1, 2007.
The attorney general's office is authorized by Chapter 15.25 of the Wisconsin state code.
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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.
Chapter 17.025(4)(d) of the Wisconsin state code addresses vacancies in the office of attorney general. In the event of a vacancy for any reason, the duties of the office shall be assumed by the deputy attorney general. If the office of deputy attorney general is vacant, the governor appoints a deputy to serve until the next election.
Divisions of the office
The office of the attorney general is divided into five main divisions:
- Legal services
- Management services
- Criminal investigation
- Law enforcement services
- Office of crime victim services
- J.B. Van Hollen, Attorney General of Wisconsin
- Governor of Wisconsin
- Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Secretary of State
- Office of the Wisconsin Attorney General
- History of the office of the Wisconsin Attorney General
- Organization of the office of the Wisconsin Attorney General
- Wisconsin state code "Chapter 15: Structure of the Executive Branch (page 18)," accessed August 25, 2011
- Wisconsin state code, "Chapter 17: Resignations, vacancies, and removals from office (page 2)," accessed August 25, 2011
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 7, 2011