A former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge, Ellen Rosenblum was first elected to a four-year term as Oregon’s 17th Attorney General in November, 2012 and was re-elected on 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, crime victims and those saddled with education-related debt. She is committed to assisting district attorneys and local law enforcement in prosecuting complex crimes and has made crimes against children and seniors, 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 a past Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. She has served as Secretary of the American Bar Association (ABA) and as 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 term of office for attorney general is four years.
The Legislature created the Office of Attorney General in 1891. The Department of Justice was later established by the Legislature in 1947 and is the equivalent of the state’s law firm. The attorney general is the chief legal officer of the state and heads the Department of Justice. With nine divisions and approximately 1,300 employees, the agency, headquartered in Salem, has nine legal and 11 child support offices throughout the state.
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, including all elected and appointed officials, agencies, boards and commissions. The attorney general gives 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. Unless expressly authorized by law, the attorney general and her assistant attorneys general may not render opinions or give legal advice to any other persons or agencies.
The attorney general prepares ballot titles for measures to be voted upon by the people of Oregon and defends them in the Oregon Supreme Court. She appoints assistant attorneys general to act as counsel for the various state agencies, boards and commissions.
The department advocates for and protects all Oregonians, especially the most vulnerable, such as children and seniors in multiple venues. In all, the department and the attorney general have responsibility and authority under more than 350 state statutes.
Services and responsibilities of the attorney general and the Department of Justice include 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.