The Attorneys General
George Jepsen (D)
Connecticut Attorney General
George Jepsen took office in 2011 as Connecticutís 24th Attorney General. The Attorney General is a constitutional officer, the stateís chief legal officer for civil matters and responsible for representing the people of Connecticut and the broader public interest. With a staff of more than 200 attorneys, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all state agencies.
The Attorney General advocates on behalf of the state and its citizens; ensures state government acts within the letter and spirit of the law; protects public resources; and works to preserve and enhance quality of life in Connecticut, and to safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable citizens. On an operating budget of $29 million, the Office generated $537.2 million in revenues to the state for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.
Among his initiatives, Jepsen created a privacy task force to focus on data breach and privacy concerns; simplified the process for data breach reporting; consolidated staff to create an Antitrust and Government Program Fraud department and has vigorously pursued antitrust, environmental, health care and other consumer protection issues.
Jepsen was elected in June as vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General, and also serves as co-chairman of the Standing Committee on Antitrust. He served on the executive committee for the 2012, $25 billion federal-state settlement -- the largest in history -- with the nationís five largest banks over mortgage foreclosure abuses. Connecticut played a prominent role in the e-book pricing investigation that produced settlements with five publishing companies, $166 million in consumer refunds and a successful federal suit against Apple for its role in the anti-competitive scheme. Currently, Connecticut is the lead state suing the financial rating agency Standard & Poorís for allegedly misrepresenting its analysis of structured securities as objective.
Born in Hattiesburg, Miss. and raised in Greenwich, Conn., the Attorney General is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College where he earned a degree in government with high distinction. He is also a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he concurrently earned a masterís degree in public policy.
Jepsen began practicing law as general counsel to Carpenters Local 210, and later was in private practice with several Connecticut law firms, most recently Cowdery, Ecker and Murphy, LLC of Hartford.
Jepsen served 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly as a state representative for Stamfordís 148th District and as a state senator for the 27th District, representing Stamford and Darien. He served as Judiciary Committee co-chairman and for six years as state Senate Majority Leader. Jepsen is recognized for his advocacy on behalf of consumers, civil rights, the environment and a fair and competitive business climate.
A former marathon runner, Jepsenís interests include cooking international cuisines and reading histories and biographies. He enjoys world travel and is conversational in Chinese, French and Spanish. Jepsen, his wife Diana, and their sons, Christian and William, reside in West Hartford.