Ohio Attorney General

The Ohio Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Ohio in the United States. The office is filled by general election, held every four years. The current Ohio Attorney General is Republican Dave Yost.

Attorney General of Ohio
Seal of the Attorney General
Incumbent
Dave Yost

since January 14, 2019
Ohio Department of Justice
StyleThe Honorable
Term lengthFour years, two term limit
Inaugural holderHenry Stanbery
1846
FormationOhio Constitution
Salary$109,554
WebsiteOffice of the Attorney General

History

The office of the Attorney General was first created by the Ohio General Assembly by statute in 1846. The attorney general's principal duties were to give legal advice to the state government, to represent the state in legal matters, and to advise the state's county prosecutors. Originally, the attorney general was appointed by the legislature. With the adoption of Ohio's second constitution in 1851, the attorney general became an elected office. The attorney general's duties were drawn very generally at that time.

In 1952, the General Assembly passed a statute that added to the attorney general's responsibilities, including trusteeship over charitable trusts, and legal advice to more government agencies. The act stated that the attorney general could prosecute individuals only if the governor requested so in writing. Starting in 1954, the term of office was increased from two years to four years.

In 2008 Nancy H. Rogers was appointed following the resignation of Marc Dann. A special election was held in 2008 to find a permanent replacement; then–Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray (D) beat out Michael Crites (R), and Robert M. Owens (I) for the position.[1]

The Solicitor General of Ohio is the top appellate lawyer in the Attorney General's office.

In November 2014, Ohio Attorney General DeWine secured a $22 million settlement from the credit score company ScoreSense, which is owned by the company One Technologies. DeWine had filed civil charges against the company along with the Illinois attorney general and Federal Trade Commission. Ohio consumers and state government will receive a portion of the settlement.[2] According to the FTC, One Technologies "lured customers with "free access" to their credit scores and then billed them a recurring fee of $29.95 per month..."[3] Over 200,000 consumers had filed complaints against the company.[4]

List of Attorneys General of Ohio, 1846–present

Term Attorney General Party Home county Picture Notes
1846–1851 Henry Stanbery Whig Fairfield  
1851–1852 Joseph McCormick Democratic Adams    
1852–1854 George Ellis Pugh Democratic Hamilton  
1854–1856 George W. McCook Democratic Jefferson  
1856 Francis D. Kimball Republican Medina died
1856–1861 Christopher Wolcott Republican Summit  
1861–1863 James Murray Republican Wood  
1863–1865 Lyman R. Critchfield Democratic Holmes  
1865 William P. Richardson Unionist Washington resigned
1865–1866 Chauncey N. Olds Republican Pickaway  
1866–1870 William H. West Republican Logan  
1870–1874 Francis Bates Pond Republican Morgan  
1874–1878 John Little Republican Greene  
1878–1880 Isaiah Pillars Democratic Allen  
1880–1883 George K. Nash Republican Franklin  
1883–1884 David Hollingsworth Republican Harrison  
1884–1886 James Lawrence Democratic Cuyahoga  
1886–1888 Jacob A. Kohler Republican Summit  
1888–1892 David K. Watson Republican Franklin  
1892–1896 John K. Richards Republican Lawrence  
1896–1900 Frank S. Monnette Republican Crawford  
1900–1904 John M. Sheets Republican Putnam  
1904–1908 Wade H. Ellis Republican Hamilton  
1908–1911 Ulysses G. Denman Republican Lucas  
1911–1915 Timothy S. Hogan Democratic Jackson  
1915–1917 Edward C. Turner Republican Franklin  
1917–1919 Joseph McGhee Democratic Jackson  
1919–1923 John G. Price Republican Franklin  
1923–1927 Charles C. Crabbe Republican Madison  
1927–1929 Edward C. Turner (2nd) Republican Franklin  
1929–1933 Gilbert Bettman Republican Franklin  
1933–1937 John W. Bricker Republican Franklin  
1937–1939 Herbert S. Duffy Democratic Franklin  
1939–1945 Thomas J. Herbert Republican Cuyahoga  
1945–1949 Hugh S. Jenkins Republican Mahoning  
1949–1951 Herbert S. Duffy (2nd) Democratic Franklin  
1951–1957 C. William O'Neill Republican Washington  
1957–1959 William B. Saxbe Republican Champaign  
1959–1963 Mark McElroy Democratic Cuyahoga  
1963–1969 William B. Saxbe (2nd) Republican Champaign resigned
1969–1971 Paul W. Brown Republican Franklin  
1971–1983 William J. Brown Democratic Mahoning  
1983–1991 Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. Democratic Cuyahoga  
1991–1995 Lee Fisher Democratic Cuyahoga  
1995–2003 Betty Montgomery Republican Wood  
2003–2007 Jim Petro Republican Cuyahoga  
2007–2008 Marc Dann Democratic Trumbull resigned on May 14, 2008
2008–2009 Nancy H. Rogers Democratic[5] Franklin   Did not run in the subsequent special election.
2009–2011 Richard Cordray Democratic Franklin  
2011–2019 Mike DeWine Republican Greene  
2019- Dave Yost Republican Franklin Incumbent

Elections

The voters of the U.S. state of Ohio elect an attorney general for a four-year term. The winning candidate is shown in bold.

YearDemocraticRepublicanOther
2018 Steve Dettelbach : 2,021,194 Dave Yost : 2,226,368
2014 David Pepper : 1,178,426 Mike DeWine : 1,882,048
2010[6]Richard Cordray : 1,772,728Mike DeWine : 1,821,414Marc Allan Feldman
(Libertarian) : 107,521
Robert M. Owens
(Constitution) : 130,065
2008[7]Richard Cordray : 2,890,953Michael Crites : 1,956,252Robert M. Owens (I) : 246,002
2006Marc Dann: 2,035,825Betty D. Montgomery: 1,833,846 [8]
2002Leigh Herington: 1,123,318James M. Petro: 2,007,411 [9]
1998Richard Cordray: 1,240,102Betty D. Montgomery: 2,037,864 [10]
1994Lee Fisher: 1,625,247Betty D. Montgomery: 1,716,451 
1990Lee Fisher: 1,680,698Paul E. Pfeifer: 1,679,464 
1986Anthony J. "Tony" Celebrezze Jr.: 1,821,587Barry Levey: 1,222,102 [11]
1982Anthony J. "Tony" Celebrezze Jr.: 2,036,243Charles R. Saxbe: 1,203,797James L. Schuller:
(Libertarian): 81,974
1978William J. Brown: 1,700,262George C. Smith: 968,220 [12]
1974William J. Brown: 1,645,933George C. Smith: 1,140,556 
1970William J. Brown: 1,613,926John D. Herbert: 1,297,419Al Budka
(WI): 94
1966Robert E. Sweeney: 1,233,805William B. Saxbe: 1,522,038 [13]
1962Robert E. Sweeney: 198,800William B. Saxbe 
1958Mark McElroy: 1,561,575William B. Saxbe: 1,466,881 [14]
1956Stephen M. Young: 1,559,742William B. Saxbe: 1,719,620 
1954Paul F. Ward: 1,051,364C. William O'Neill: 1,335,557 
1952Paul F. Ward: 1,373,114C. William O'Neill: 1,871,200 
1950Herbert S. Duffy: 1,246,076C. William O'Neill: 1,406,358 
1948Herbert S. Duffy: 1,433,565Hugh S. Jenkins: 1,349,516 [15]
1946Harry T. Marshall:134,829Hugh S. Jenkins: 173,107 
1944George A. Hurley: 1,407,207Hugh S. Jenkins: 1,473,180 
1942Herbert S. Duffy: 665,131Thomas J. Herbert: 983,732 
1940George D. Nye: 1,401,627Thomas J. Herbert: 1,552,462 
1926[16]Charles B. ZimmermanEdward C. Turner 
1922[17]Stephen M. Young : 744,693Charles C. Crabbe : 780,192 
1920[18]Joseph McGhee : 824,172John G. Price : 1,058,561Joseph W. Sharts : 44,180
George Edwards : 1,720
1916[19]Joseph McGhee : 558,719Edward C. Turner : 549,169Jacob L. Bachman : 38,432
George Hawke : 6,839
1912[20]Timothy S. HoganFreeman T. EaglesonRobert R. Nevin (Progressive)
1910[21]Timothy S. HoganUlysses G. Denman 
1908[22]Timothy S. Hogan : 521,819Ulysses G. Denman : 551,084John C. Madden (Soc) : 31,804
George S. Hawke (Pro) : 10,854
John P. Turner (Ind) : 586
Joseph A. Meyer (Peo) : 178
Max Eisenberg (Soc Lab) : 851
1905[23]James A. Rice : 418,954Wade H. Ellis : 461,402John C. Madden (Soc) : 18,669
Walter S. Lister (Pro) : 13,636
James Matthews (Soc Lab) : 1,836
1903[24]Frank S. Monnette : 360,916Wade H. Ellis : 470,589John C. Madden (Soc) : 19,922
Thomas W. Shreve (Pro) : 13,313
Otto Steinhoff (Soc Lab) : 2,145
1901[25]W. B. McCartyJohn M. Sheets 
1899[26]William H. DoreJohn M. Sheets 
1897[27]William H. Dore : 401,338Frank S. Monnette : 427,337Olin J. Ross : 7,585
Cyrus A. Reider : 5,935
Daniel Wilson : 1,512
Charles F. Armistead : 453
John W. Roseborough : 3,112
1895[28]George A. Fairbanks 329,252Frank S. Monnette 427,485 
1893[29]John P. Bailey 346,707John K. Richards 422,449 
1891[30]John P. Bailey 345,245John K. Richards 373,816 
1889[31]Jesse M. Lewis 373,335David K. Watson 377,140 
1887[32]William H. Leete 327,551David K. Watson 357,433 
1885[33]James Lawrence 341,762Jacob A. Kohler 360,802 
1883[34]James Lawrence 360,184Moses B. Earnhart 347,589 
1881[35]Frank C. Daugherty 287,470George K. Nash 315,655 
1879[36]Isaiah Pillars 316,778George K. Nash 336,100 
1877[37]Isaiah Pillars 269,506George K. Nash 252,155 
1875[38]Thomas E. Powell 292,487John Little 296,858 
1873[39]Michael A. Daugherty 213,413John Little 213,983 
1871[40]Edward S. Wallace 218,077Francis Bates Pond 237,718 
1869[41]John M. Connell 227,903Francis Bates Pond 235,285 
1867[42] Frank H. Hurd : 240,847 William H. West : 243,449  
1865[43] David M. Wilson : 193,466 William H. West : 225,278  
1864[44][45] Lyman R. Critchfield : 183,747 William P. Richardson : 238,104  
1862[46] Lyman R. Critchfield : 183,232 Chauncey N. Olds : 178,855  
1860[47] David W. Stambaugh : 189,999 James Murray : 215,277  
1858[48] Durbin Ward : 162,136 Christopher Wolcott : 182,985  
1856[49] Samuel M. Hart : 154,313 Christopher Wolcott : 176,155 John M. Buselfreed (American)
23,095
1855[50] George W. McCook : 132,216 Francis D. Kimball : 168,868  
1853[51] George W. McCook : 149,957 Cooper K. Watson
(Free Soil) : 35,504
William Harvey Gibson
(Whig) : 97,394
1851[52] George E. Pugh : 147,059 William A. Rogers
(Free Soil) : 12,883
Henry Stanbery
(Whig) : 119,429

Notes

  1. http://www.wkyc.com/news/elections/results/20081104/race2052.htm
  2. Payne, Mark (20 November 2014). "Credit score company pays $22M in case filed by FTC and AGs of Illinois, Ohio". Legal Newsline. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. "FTC, Illinois, and Ohio Stop Scheme That Offered 'Free' Credit Scores, Then Charged Consumers for Credit Monitoring Programs They Never Ordered" (Press release). San Francisco: Federal Trade Commission. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. Harris, Sheryl (19 November 2014). "ScoreSense to repay $22 million to consumers duped by free credit score offer: Plain Dealing". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. When appointed by Democratic Governor Ted Strickland on May 28, 2008, Ms. Rogers announced that she was a Democrat although she had been a registered Republican in the past and has donated money to Republican candidates.
  6. "Attorney General November 2, 2010". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  7. "Ohio Attorney General - Unexpired Term Ending January 9, 2011: November 4, 2008". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  8. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/2006-elections-results/attorney-general-november-7-2006/
  9. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/2002-elections-results/attorney-generalauditor-of-state/
  10. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/1990-1999-official-election-results/attorney-general-and-state-auditor-november-3-1998/
  11. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/1980-1989-official-election-results/#gref
  12. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/1970-1979-official-election-results/general-election-overview-november-7-1978/
  13. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/1960-1969-official-election-results/#gref
  14. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/1950-1959-official-election-results/#gref
  15. https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/election-results-and-data/1940-1949-official-election-results/#gref
  16. The Supreme Court of Ohio and The Ohio Judicial System – Charles Ballard Zimmerman
  17. Brown, Thad H (1923). Vote polled in the several counties of the State of Ohio at the Election held November 7, 1922 and at the Primary Elections held August 8, 1922. p. 17.
  18. Ohio General Assembly (1921). Journal of the House of Representatives of the 84th General Assembly of the State of Ohio. CIX. Columbus: F J Heer Printing. p. 22.
  19. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Eighty Second General Assembly of the State of Ohio. 1917. p. 27.
  20. Powell 1913 : 453-454
  21. Powell 1913 : 423
  22. Ohio Secretary of State. Ohio election statistics:. page 408 of pdf file
  23. Ohio Secretary of State. Ohio election statistics:. page 19 of pdf file
  24. Ohio Secretary of State. Ohio election statistics:. page 1669 of pdf file
  25. Powell 1913 : 379-380
  26. Powell 1913 : 371-372
  27. Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... 2. State of Ohio. p. 121. page 388 of pdf file
  28. Smith 1898 : 665
  29. Smith 1898 : 644
  30. Smith 1898 : 605
  31. Smith 1898 : 579
  32. Smith 1898 : 541
  33. Smith 1898 : 512
  34. Smith 1898 : 473
  35. Smith 1898 : 450
  36. Smith 1898 : 406
  37. Smith 1898 : 379
  38. Smith 1898 : 342
  39. Smith 1898 : 319
  40. Smith 1898 : 286
  41. Smith 1898 : 268
  42. Smith 1898 : 238
  43. smith 1898 : 209
  44. Smith 1898 : 195
  45. Bell 1876 : 147
  46. Smith 1898 : 150
  47. Smith 1898 : 128
  48. Smith 1898 : 84
  49. Smith 1898 : 65
  50. Smith 1898 : 40
  51. Bell 1876 : 120-121
  52. Bell 1876 : 114-115

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