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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden added to his many roles when he was appointed this year as chairman of the American Legacy Foundation’s Board of Directors. In this role, he will guide the organization’s strategic goals and objectives. Attorney General Wasden, a long-time champion for tobacco prevention, continues to serve as one of two Attorneys General on the Legacy Board of Directors. Legacy was created from the landmark Master Settlement Agreement between the Attorneys General and tobacco companies more than a decade ago to prevent smoking-related disease and death in the United States.
“Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death. Too many children are exposed to and consider trying smoking, to their detriment and harm,” Attorney General Wasden said. “I am honored to serve as the chairman of Legacy. Legacy’s purposes and work have never been more relevant or needed than now.”
Re-elected in 2010, Attorney General Wasden is currently serving his third term. He is a 22-year veteran of the Office of the Attorney General, where he was previously the chief of staff and deputy chief of staff.
Attorney General Wasden is a leader in the effort to protect children from Internet sexual predators. In cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement, he created the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which is administered from his office. In addition, he created ProtecTeens, a multi-media Internet safety program. He has made more than 100 ProtecTeens presentations to schools and community groups throughout Idaho. To date, his office has distributed more than 130,000 copies of the ProtecTeens DVD to Idaho residents.
Attorney General Wasden has served in numerous leadership positions including as the 2006-2007 president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), past chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), and past treasurer and chair of the Investment Committee for the NAAG Mission Foundation. He also served as co-chair of the NAAG Tobacco Committee (2004-2006). Under his leadership as NAAG president, the National Attorney General Training & Research Institute was created in 2007.
In 2009, Attorney General Wasden was the recipient of NAAG’s highest honor, the Kelley-Wyman Award, given to the Attorney General who has done the most to achieve the objectives of the association. In 2010, CWAG honored General Wasden with the Courage in Public Service Award. This award was created to recognize an Attorney General who has acted with courage and integrity to uphold the office.
He has been married to his wife, Tracey, for more than 30 years. They live in Nampa, Idaho, and are proud parents of four children and proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
Attorney General Wasden obtained his J.D. from the University of Idaho and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1985. He earned a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University in 1982.
ATTORNEY GENERAL LAWRENCE WASDEN