Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Ellen Rosenblum was named Oregon Attorney General on June 29, 2012—the first woman in state history to hold the position. After a 37-year legal career, including more than three decades in public service, Rosenblum won the Democratic primary in May 2012 and was elected to a full four-year term as Attorney General on November 6, 2012.
Rosenblum arrived in Oregon with her family in 1968 when her father became president of Reed College. Born in Berkeley, California, in 1951 and raised in Evanston, Illinois, she obtained both her undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Oregon. After law school, Rosenblum practiced as an associate and partner in a small Eugene law firm before serving as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1980 to 1988. She was then appointed to the bench, serving as both a district and circuit court judge for Multnomah County from 1989 to 2005. In 2005, Governor Ted Kulongoski named her to the Oregon Court of Appeals, where she served until 2011.
Rosenblum has received numerous professional honors and has led law-related initiatives in areas of ethics, diversity, access to justice and the rule of law. She was the first sitting judge to serve as an officer of the American Bar Association and she served on the ABA’s board of governors for seven years. She currently co-chairs its State Attorney General Committee. She also serves on the board of directors of the American Bar Foundation. She has been active, as well, in the National Association of Women Judges. In 1988, she co-founded Oregon Women Lawyers.
Attorney General Rosenblum lives in Portland with her husband, Richard Meeker. They have two children, Cate Meeker Kent and Will Meeker.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Justice Building, 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301; 503-378-4400
Ellen Rosenblum, Portland; Democrat; appointed June 2012; elected November 2012; term expires January 2017. The attorney general is the chief legal officer of the State of Oregon and heads the Department of Justice and its seven operating divisions.
The attorney general controls and supervises all court actions and legal proceedings in which the state of Oregon is a party or has an interest. The attorney general also has full charge and control of all legal business of all state departments, boards and commissions that require the services of legal counsel. She prepares ballot titles for measures to be voted upon by the people of Oregon and appoints the assistant attorneys general to act as counsel for the various state departments, boards and commissions.
The attorney general gives written opinions upon any question of law in which the state or any public subdivision may have an interest when requested by the governor, by any state agency official or by any member of the Legislature. The attorney general and her assistants are prohibited by law from rendering opinions or giving legal advice to any other persons or agencies.
Services and responsibilities of the attorney general and the Department of Justice are: representation of the state’s interests in all civil and criminal cases before the state and federal courts, serving as legal counsel to state agencies and offices, consumer protection and information services, supervision of charitable trusts and solicitations, enforcement of state and federal antitrust laws in Oregon, assistance to the state’s district attorneys, administration of the state crime victims’ compensation program, investigations of organized crime and public corruption, and the establishment and enforcement of child support obligations for families who receive public assistance.
The term of office for attorney general is four years.