Arizona Secretary of State - Ken Bennett


 
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Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General

History

Duties

The Attorney General...

The attorney general is the chief administrator of the Department of Law.

The attorney general serves as chief legal officer of the state, presiding over employees including assistant attorneys general, and executive and support staff.

The attorney general's office represents and provides legal advice to most state agencies, except those specifically exempted by statute.

The office enforces consumer protection laws and some criminal laws, brings and defends lawsuits on behalf of the state, and issues formal legal opinions as requested by state officers, legislators, or county attorneys.

The attorney general has jurisdiction over Arizona's Consumer Fraud Act, white collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, drugs, environmental laws, civil rights laws, and crimes committed in more than one county.

The office prosecutes cases normally handled by county attorneys' offices if there is a conflict.

If a vacancy occurs in the office of the governor upon the resignation, death, disability, or removal from the governor's office, and the secretary of state currently in office was not elected to that position, the attorney general assumes the office of governor.

Attorney Generals Since Statehood

1912-1915

George P. Bullard

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George Purdy Bullard
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1915-1921

Wiley E. Jones

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1921-1923

W. J. Galbraith

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1923-1929

John W. Murphy

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1929-1933

K. Berry Peterson

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1933-1935

Arthur T. LaPrade

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1935-1937

John L. Sullivan

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1937-1945

Joe Conway

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1945-1947

John L. Sullivan

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Sullivan resigned in November 1947.

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1947-1949

Evo DeConcini

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DeConcini was appointed to complete the term of John L. Sullivan.

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1949-1953

Fred O. Wilson

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1953-1955

Ross F. Jones

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1955-1959

Robert Morrison

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Robert Morrison
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1959-1961

Wade Church

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1961-1965

Robert Pickrell

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1965-1968

Darrell F. Smith

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Resigned on July 1, 1968, to return to private practice.

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1968-1969

Gary K. Nelson

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Nelson was appointed to fill unexpired term of Darrell F. Smith.

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Gary K. Nelson
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1969-1974

Gary K. Nelson

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Nelson was the first attorney general to be elected to a four-year term.

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He resigned on June 30, 1974, to accept an appointment to the Court of Appeals, Division 1, on July 1, 1974.

 

 

Gary K. Nelson
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1974-1975

N. Warner Lee

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Lee was appointed ag on July 1, 1974, to fill the unexpired term of Gary K. Nelson.

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1975-1978

Bruce E. Babbitt

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Babbitt became governor upon the death of Gov. Wesley Bolin, March 4, 1978, because Secretary of State Rose Mofford was not holding office by election (she was appointed). The attorney general was the next in the line of succession.

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Bruce E. Babbitt
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1978-1979

John A. (Jack) La Sota Jr.

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La Sota was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Attorney General Bruce Babbitt, April 3, 1978.

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John A. (Jack) La Sota Jr.
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1979-1991

Bob Corbin

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1991-1999

Grant Woods

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Grant Woods
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1999-2002

Janet Napolitano

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2003-2010

Terry Goddard

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2011-present

Tome Horne

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