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Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General

The Horne Administration 2011-2012

Biography - Tom Horne (Rep.)

Tom Horne was elected Arizona Attorney General in 2010 and took office in January 2011. Mr. Horne was a litigation attorney in private practice for more than 30 years. During that time he also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, Superior Court Judge Pro Tem and Court of Appeals Judge Pro Tem. He is the author of a legal text published by the State Bar of Arizona.

While practicing law, Mr. Horne served on the school board of Arizona's third largest school district for 24 years, ten as its president. He served four years in the Arizona Legislature, was a member of the Judiciary Committee, and was Chairman of the Academic Accountability Committee.

On July 11, 2000, the Arizona Republic wrote that Tom Horne, "raises the level of debate at the state Legislature by several notches all by himself." He served as the elected Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2011.

Mr. Horne has served in every branch of government:

  • Executive: State Superintendent of Schools and Attorney General
  • Legislative: State Legislature
  • Judicial: Judge Pro Tem
  • Local: School Board

He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. with honors from the Harvard Law School.

Contact Information

The Attorney General's Office is located in the State Capitol Complex.

The mailing address is:
The Honorable Tom Horne
1275 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2926

(602) 542-5025
1-800-352-8431
Fax (602) 542-4085

Phoenix Office
1275 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tucson Office
400 W. Congress
South Building, Ste. 315
Tucson, AZ 85701-1367
(520) 628-6504
Fax (520) 628-6530

Key Staff & Office Divisions (Compiled from FY 2011 Annual Report)

Administrative Services Division
Debbie Jackson
Division Director

The Administrative Services Division (ASD) consists of:

  • The Facilities Management and Planning (FMP) Section.
    FMP manages the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the agency's occupied buildings and office spaces;
  • The Human Resources Section (HRS)
    HRS oversees all activities necessary to develop, support and shape the future of the Office's workforce—from recruitment through retirement; and
  • Procurement.
    The Procurement group is responsible for direct contracting and purchasing goods and services as well as management of service contracts for the office.

The ASD provides the office with the internal support and administrative services needed to properly and effectively carry out the Office's mission.

Business and Finance Division
Vickie Salazar
Division Director

The Business and Finance Division is comprised of:

  • the Bankruptcy and Collection Enforcement Section (BCE)
    The Collection Enforcement Section (CES) is a part of the cross functional Bankruptcy and Collection Enforcement Section (BCE). CES is comprised of collectors and support teams. CES's mission is to collect debts owed to the state, efficiently, expeditiously and fairly, in order to maximize revenue. BCE represents virtually all state agencies in debt-related matters. BCE's debt collection responsibilities range from routine collection and bankruptcy matters to complex litigation to establish debt;
  • the Budget and Strategic Planning Section
    The Budget and Strategic Planning Section is comprised of budget analysts whose main responsibility is to prepare the agency annual budget of $94.4 million, work with divisions to project revenues and cash flows for both internal and external reporting purposes and develop the agency strategic plan while which supports the mission and goals of the Attorney General;
  • the Grants Management Section
    The Grants Management Section provides centralized grants management services to the AGO. The Grants Management Section oversees all grant applications and fiscal requirements of each grant, maintaining accountability for each grant for each division within the AGO;
  • the Financial Services Section (FSS)
    FSS is responsible for managing the financial functions of the Attorney General's Office ensuring fiscal compliance and accountability by division, section and unit. Financial resources are managed across twenty funding sources within ten divisions for a total agency budget of approximately $100 Million.

Public Advocacy Division

  • Taskforce Against Senior Abuse;
  • Consumer Information and Complaints Unit;
  • Agency Unit that represents the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions and the Arizona Department of Real Estate;
  • Antitrust Unit;
  • Tobacco Enforcement Unit;
  • Community Outreach and Education Division; and
  • Environmental Enforcement Section
    The Environmental Enforcement Section ("EES") provides advice, enforcement and representation activities related to state and federal environmental and natural resources law. The Section is divided into two components: the Tanks and Air Unit and the Superfund Programs Unit. The Section advises, represents and litigates on behalf of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality ("ADEQ") in State and Federal environmental matters and enforces the environmental statutes.

Thomas Chenal
Chief Counsel

Civil Division

  • Criminal Appeals/Capital Litigation Section
  • Border Crimes Enforcement Section
  • Criminal Prosecutions Section's Fraud Unit
  • Criminal Prosecutions Section's Drug Unit
  • Criminal Prosecutions Section's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • Financial Remedies Section
  • Special Investigations Section
  • Office of Victim Services

James Keppel
Division Chief Counsel

The Civil Division provides comprehensive legal services for its many clients across State government in lawsuits concerning employment discrimination, personal injuries, licensing, property damage, and constitutional law issues. It also defends the State against liability lawsuits.

Child and Family Protection Division

The Child and Family Protection Division (CFPD) provides comprehensive legal representation to ADES with more than 320 employees in locations statewide.

CFPD is divided into three sections:

  • Protective Services Section (PSS);
  • Child Support Enforcement Section (CSE); and
  • Civil and Criminal Litigation and Advice Section (CLA).

The Division's Appellate Practice Group represents ADES in the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court, and the Federal District Courts. The Appellate Practice Group prevails in 95 percent of all appeals resolved.

Nichole Davis
Chief Counsel

Solicitor General's Office

Dave Cole
Solicitor General

The Solicitor General's Office provides leadership in appeals, election law, ethics, independent advice, legal opinions, public access laws, and continuing legal education. It is committed to excellence, fairness, and integrity.

The Solicitor General's Office is responsible for:

  • Ensuring the quality of appellate practice within the Attorney General's Office;
  • Overseeing the preparation and publication of official Attorney General Opinions;
  • Representing the Clean Elections Commission and the Secretary of State on election law issues and handling civil election law and campaign finance enforcements;
  • Providing independent advice to state governmental agencies and boards in connection with administrative proceedings in which Assistant Attorneys General serve as advocates;
  • Reviewing constitutional challenges to Arizona state laws;
  • Coordinating the continuing legal education (CLE) program of the Attorney General's Office;
  • Providing advice to all attorneys employed by the Attorney General with respect to ethics and professionalism issues;
  • Coordinating the work of the Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team and the Public Records Task Force.

June 2012