CWAG Roundup: Election Edition

November 9 , 2016
 


 
CWAG WINTER DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT
 
We invite you to attend the CWAG Endowment Dinner on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.  The CWAG Endowment is a fund established to support the educational, research, training, and other work of CWAG and the state Attorneys General.  CWAG has benefitted from the generosity of the sponsors that will be in attendance. The cultivation of these relationships and your support of this event is greatly appreciated. The evening will begin with a reception in the Grand Ballroom 3 which is located on the 4th Floor of The Ritz-Carlton from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.  The progressive dinner will immediately follow the reception in the Grand Ballroom 1 & 2 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, November 23rd to Meeting Planner Alejandra Stephens at AStephens@CWAGWeb.Org or 303.304.9206.
We hope to see you in Fort Lauderdale!
  
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Cyber Security & Technology Forum
Park City, Utah
February 2-3, 2017
 
Chair's Initiative and Western Pacific AG Summit
Honolulu, Hawaii
March 14-16, 2017
 
2017 CWAG Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
July 30- August 2, 2017
 
CWAG ATTORNEY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
 
CWAG Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon was re-elected as Attorney General by 54% to 42% of the vote.
 
CWAG Attorney General Tim Fox of Montana was re-elected as Attorney General by 67% to 32% of the vote.
 
CWAG Attorney General Bob Ferguson of Washington was re-elected as Attorney General by 69% to 31% of the vote.
 
CWAG Attorney General Sean Reyes of Utah was re-elected as Attorney General by 65% to 25% of the vote.
 
CWAG Associate Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia was re-elected Attorney General by 52% to 42% of the vote.
 
CWAG Associate Attorney General Bill Sorrell of Vermont was replaced by Democrat T.J. Donovan, Jr. by 65% to 35% of the vote. See bio below.
 
The election to replace CWAG Associate Attorney General Roy Cooper of North Carolina is too close to call although Democrat Josh Stein leads Republican Buck Newton by 2,276,410 (50.2%) to 2,256,178(49.8%) with 100% of the precincts reporting.
 
OTHER ATTORNEY GENERAL RACES
 
Republican Curtis T. Hill, Jr. won the Indiana Attorney General election with 64% to 36% of the vote. See bio below. 
 
Republican Josh Hawley won the Missouri Attorney General election by 59% to 41% of the vote. See bio below.
 
Democrat Joshua Shapiro won the Pennsylvania Attorney General election by 51% to 49% of the vote. See bio below.
 
OTHER INTERESTING RACES INVOLVING FORMER CWAG ATTORNEYS GENERAL
 
Former CWAG Attorney General Steve Bullock of Montana won re-election as Governor by 49% to 47% of the vote.
 
Former CWAG Associate Attorney General Roy Cooper of North Carolina is in a tight race for Governor with 2,281,155(49%) votes to Incumbent Governor McCrory's 2,276,383(48.9%) votes.
 
CWAG Attorney General Kamala Harris of California was elected to the U.S. Senate by 62% to 37% of the vote.
 
Former CWAG Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada was elected to the U.S. Senate by 47% to 45% of the vote.   
 
BIOS FOR NEW ATTORNEYS GENERAL
 
Vermont
Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. was elected Chittenden County State's Attorney in November 2006 and reelected in 2010 and 2014. The Chittenden County State's Attorney's Office is the busiest county prosecutor's office in the State of Vermont handling over 5000 criminal cases and 300 Family Court cases.  Donovan leads a staff of 28, including, attorneys, victim advocates, and administrative assistants.  In 2010, Donovan started the Rapid Intervention Community Court ("RICC"), an award winning criminal justice program available to non-violent offenders whose crimes have been driven by addiction or mental illness.  He is co-chair for Governor Peter Shumlin's Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet.
 
Indiana
In November 2002, Curtis T. Hill Jr. received 78% of the vote and was elected prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County, succeeding his predecessor who held the position for 28 years. Armed with an ambitious platform, he immediately set out to transform Indiana's largest part-time prosecuting attorney's office into a full-time professional and well respected centralized law enforcement agency. Re-elected in 2006, 2010, and 2014, Curtis is currently serving his fourth term as Prosecuting Attorney.
 
Curtis is recognized state-wide as setting the standard for successful prosecution of serious and violent offenders.  While he is well known for taking a hard line against career and hardened criminals, he has also initiated creative programs in alternative justice allowing the criminal justice system to focus the bulk of its resources on more significant crimes, while still exacting accountability for lesser offenses.  As a trial lawyer, Curtis supervises a staff of public safety professionals including highly trained, committed and well-prepared deputy prosecutors who understand their mission is to seek the truth.
 
Curtis has testified before Congress on "Methamphetamine in the Heartland" and served as a presenter for the Northern Indiana Methamphetamine Summit Sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States.
 
SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS
 
Curtis has maintained a very active role in the following local, state and national organizations:
 
Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc., Member, Past President
Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council (IPAC), Ethics Committee
National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), Member, Past Vice President
FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division  (CJIS/APB), Advisory Policy Board
State Board of Law Examiners, Member, Character and Fitness Committee
The Nature Conservancy (Indiana Chapter), Trustee
NAACP, Life Member
Other organizations and affiliations:
 
Indiana State Bar Association, Past Board of Governors
Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, Past Chairman
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Past Trustee
NDAA Executive Working Group, Past Member
National College of District Attorneys, Past Board of Regents
Better Business Bureau, Past Board Member
 
Prior to being elected, Donovan was an associate in the Burlington law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan where he specialized in civil litigation and criminal defense work.  Donovan started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA before returning to Vermont to work as a Deputy State's Attorney in the office he now leads.  He is married to Jessica McCloud.  They have two sons.
 
Missouri
Josh Hawley is not a politician. He has never run for office before. But he is a tough lawyer. And he knows how to defend Missouri.
 
Josh is a constitutional attorney who has been to the Supreme Court, and won. A national leader in the field of constitutional law, Josh has spent his career defending family businesses, farm groups, and individuals from the Washington dysfunction that is stifling our economy and hurting our families.
 
Now he is ready to clean up Jefferson City, fight human trafficking, and get Missouri's government working again for the people of Missouri rather than the special interests.
 
A native of Lexington, Missouri in rural Lafayette County, Josh graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and went on to graduate with honors from Stanford University. He earned his law degree at Yale Law School and served as a clerk to Chief Justice John Roberts at the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Hawley graduated with honors from Stanford University. He then attended Yale Law School; while there, he led the Yale branch of the Federalist Society and served as articles editor for The Yale Law Journal. After receiving his law degree, he earned clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, and at the Supreme Court of the United States. He also served as a litigator in the national appellate practice of Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, D.C.
 
Along with David Kennedy, Hawley is the author of Theodore Roosevelt: Preacher of Righteousness, published by the Yale University Press in 2008.
 
Pennsylvania
Josh Shapiro is a rare public servant who has risen above politics time and again to take on the status quo and protect everyday Pennsylvanians.
 
As a State Representative, Josh wrote and passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history. Philadelphia Magazine wrote that Josh "has been a blast of oxygen in the smoke-choked back rooms of quid-pro-quo Harrisburg," and his work earned him a national reputation as a bipartisan consensus builder.
 
Then, as Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, he led a fiscal and ethical turnaround, took early steps to combat the heroin epidemic, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry and fired Wall Street money managers to save retirees millions. His work on behalf of victims and for criminal justice reform as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has earned him the trust of law enforcement leaders from both parties.
 
As Attorney General, Josh will prosecute scammers who target seniors and veterans, stand up to the businesses that rip off consumers and protect women's rights. He will take on the heroin epidemic, illegal guns and polluters who threaten our families' health.
 
Josh Shapiro earned his law degree at night from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Josh was raised in Montgomery County, where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where they are raising their four young children.


Chris Coppin
Legal Director
Conference of Western Attorneys General
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