Ellen Rosenblum, a former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, was first elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 17th attorney general in November 2012 and was reelected to a second term November 8, 2016. She is the first woman to serve as Oregon attorney general. Her priorities include consumer protection and civil rights—advocating for and protecting Oregon’s children, seniors, immigrants and crime victims and those saddled with education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting elder abuse and complex crimes and has made crimes against children as well as consumer Internet privacy high priorities.
Attorney General Rosenblum has been active in local and national organizations of lawyers, judges and attorneys general. She has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and is the immediate past chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as secretary of the American Bar Association and is the chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law. She co-founded the section’s Attorneys General and Department of Justice Issues Committee.
Attorney General's Duties
Justice Building, 1162 Court St. NE, Salem 97301; 503-378-4400
Ellen F. Rosenblum, Portland; Democrat; appointed June 2012; elected November 2012; reelected 2016; term expires January 2021.
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.