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Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

ELLEN ROSENBLUM, a former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, was elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 17th Attorney General in November 2012. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney

Ellen’s priorities as attorney general include advocating for and protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable, including, especially, families and children, seniors, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students who have incurred significant education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting complex crimes and has made Internet crimes and other crimes against children her highest priority.

Ellen has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She currently serves on the Executive Committees of the National Association of Attorneys General and the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association and currently co-chairs the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law’s committee devoted exclusively to state attorney general issues.


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 nine 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’s 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.


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