NAAG Standing Committees

ANTITRUST COMMITTEE

The Antitrust Committee’s primary role is to facilitate the state attorneys generals’ mission to enforce state and federal antitrust laws in order to benefit consumers by ensuring the operation of efficient and effective markets. The Committee develops NAAG’s policy positions on antitrust enforcement and encourages competition advocacy at both a state and federal level. The Committee also fosters continued information exchange among the states about all aspects of state antitrust enforcement including investigation, litigation, amicus curiae opportunities, state and federal legislation and litigation training. The Committee administers funds designated by court order or by the attorneys general to be used to support antitrust enforcement. In addition, the Committee works toward enhanced cooperation with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and other relevant federal agencies through joint and coordinated prosecutions, harmonization of enforcement policies, and improved information sharing.

  • Attorney General Mike DeWine (OH), Chair
  • Attorney General George Jepsen (CT), Vice Chair
    NAAG Staff Contact: Emily Myers, (202) 326-6254

CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Civil Rights Committee is to address civil rights issues relating to political, educational, social and economic equality which may be of mutual interest to the various states and member jurisdictions; to facilitate a free exchange of ideas and views regarding civil rights issues; to provide educational and training opportunities for attorneys regarding both the appropriate enforcement of civil rights laws as well as the defense of civil rights claims made against client agencies; and to disseminate information on updates, emerging issues and best practices in the civil rights arena.

  • Vacant, Chair
  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT), Vice Chair
    NAAG Staff Contact: Jeanette Manning, (202) 326-6258

CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE

The Consumer Protection Committee’s mission is to assist and enable attorneys general concerning consumer protection issues and matters by providing information, communication and support; to facilitate cooperation among the various attorneys general Consumer Protection Divisions through open dialogue and communication; to plan, organize and conduct training and annual seminars for the exchange of ideas and information on matters relevant to consumer protection divisions and their issues; and to promote the development of effective consumer protection programs and education for the protection of citizens and increasing consumer awareness.

  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI), Chair
  • Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (ND), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Salo Ale (AS)
  • Attorney General Jack Conway (KY)
  • Attorney General Joseph Foster (NH)
  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General Derek Schmidt (KS)
  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT)
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Mark Neil, (202) 326-6019

CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE

The Criminal Law Committee works to provide timely and useful information relating to criminal justice and law enforcement matters to the attorney general community.  The Committee monitors court decisions and legislative developments, offers the attorneys general research, training and technical assistance, and responds to developing concerns.  The Committee’s goal is to enhance communication and problem solving among the attorneys general who regularly encounter issues relating to criminal law. 

  • Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL), Chair
  • Attorney General Janet Mills (ME), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt (OK)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Francesca Liquori, (202) 326-6041

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Energy & Environment Committee is to provide a medium where chief legal officers of the states and other jurisdictions have the ability to explore ideas and exchange views; to help facilitate collaboration and partnerships among local, state, and/or federal partners; to assist the Committee to achieve its selected objectives; to provide training opportunities to our members that increase their ability to communicate on issues affecting the energy industry and the value of environmental protections; to improve the quality of their legal services; and to conduct research and disseminate information on industry updates, practices, and standards.

  • Attorney General Jack Conway (KY), Chair
  • Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (ND), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Tim Fox (MT)
  • Attorney General Peter Michael (WY)
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt (OK)
  • Attorney General Bill Schuette (MI)
  • Attorney General Luther Strange (AL)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Jeanette Manning, (202) 326-6258

TOBACCO COMMITTEE

The Tobacco Committee mission is to guide and direct the work of the NAAG tobacco counsel in its coordination of the efforts of the state attorneys general in enforcing, defending, administering, and improving the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) and related statutes, and in the NAAG counsel’s coordination of all other tobacco-related initiatives and efforts.

  • Attorney General Chris Koster (MO), Chair
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN), Vice Chair
    NAAG Staff Contact: Michael Hering, (202) 326-6023

NAGTRI/TRAINING COMMITTEE

The Training Committee is charged with overseeing the delivery of high-quality, responsive, and innovative training and research to the state and territorial attorneys general offices. The Committee also ensures that the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute(NAGTRI), a NAAG branch, meets its mission in providing intellectually-adept research on issues of concern to the NAAG membership. The Committee’s goals include guiding NAGTRI in its expansion, standardization and, increase in the professional quality of research and training while establishing expectations and accountability for long-term growth.

  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI), Chair
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Chris Toth, (202) 326-6021

NAAG SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy and Security Committee

The objectives of the Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy and Security Committee are to provide a forum for examining issues related to ensuring a safe online environment for children and consumers; issues related to protecting the privacy of users of Internet and mobile applications; and issues related to the security of personal, business and government digital data. The Committee will serve as a resource for the Association and its members on these issues and will address specific Internet safety and cyber privacy and security concerns as the Committee members deem advisable.       

  • Vacant, Chair
  • Attorney General Jon Bruning (NE), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General George Jepsen (CT)
  • Attorney General Alan Wilson (SC)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Hedda Litwin, (202) 326-6022

Elections Working Group

NAAG’s Elections Working Group serves as an clearinghouse for information about state attorney general actions in connection with election administration, including litigation, amicus curiae opportunities and proposed and enacted state and federal legislation.  The Working Group develops NAAG’s policy positions on election administration and supports attorney general efforts to improve election administration.

  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA), Chair
  • Vacant, Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Emily Myers, (202) 326-6254

Federalism/Preemption Committee

The Federalism/Preemption Committee’s mission is to assist the attorney general community on the issues of federalism and preemption, which are of profound institutional importance to every office.  The committee strives to accomplish this by sponsoring educational programs, fostering interstate cooperation, and analyzing current federalism and preemption issues.

  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN), Chair
  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Tim Fox (MT)
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
  • Attorney General Scott Pruitt (OK)
  • Attorney General Luther Strange (AL)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Dan Schweitzer, (202) 326-6010

Financial Services Consumer Protection Enforcement, Education, and Training Fund Committee

  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA), Chair
  • Attorney General Martha Coakley (MA)
  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General John Suthers (CO)
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Chris Toth, (202) 326-6021

Human Trafficking Committee

Human trafficking, also known as “modern day slavery,” is a violation of basic human rights and core American values. Human trafficking occurs when a person is forced or tricked into involuntary labor or commercial sexual activity, or when a child is involved in commercial sexual activity. The United States is a source, destination, and transit country for both labor and sex trafficking, with these crimes increasingly tied to organized crime and gang activity. There are estimated to be 21 million victims worldwide, generating $150 billion in annual illegal profits. The attorneys general have established the NAAG Human Trafficking Committee to investigate and promote best practices for combating trafficking at a state level. These include law enforcement and prosecution strategies, educational outreach efforts, and alliances with partner agencies and non-governmental organizations.

  • Attorney General Bob Ferguson (WA), Chair
  • Attorney General Derek Schmidt (KS), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Salo Ale (AS)
  • Attorney General Joseph Foster (NH)
  • Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman (NJ)
  • Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
  • Attorney General Bill Schuette (MI)
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Judy McKee, (202) 326-6044

Intellectual Property Committee

The Intellectual Property Committee focuses on developing and promoting states’ best practices to protect intellectual property and the related business and commerce associated with it, to educate consumers about the dangers and impacts of purchasing and using counterfeit goods, and to identify strategies to employ against those who abuse the important protections afforded by intellectual property laws.

  • Attorney General Bob Ferguson (WA), Chair
  • Attorney General Tim Fox (MT), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Judy McKee, (202) 326-6044

Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Relations Working Group

The mission of the Working Group is to enhance the efforts of federal, state and local prosecutorial and law enforcement agencies, and to promote and encourage cooperation and information sharing among the various levels of government.  The Group works to foster an understanding of the different approaches taken by federal, state and local law enforcement and to provide a forum for an open and candid exchange of ideas and concerns.

  • Attorney General Jim Hood (MS), Chair
  • Attorney General Buddy Caldwell (LA), Vice Chair
  • Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman (NJ)
  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
  • Attorney General John Suthers (CO)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Francesca Liquori, (202) 326-6041

Meeting Planning Committee

NAAG Executive Committee and Others

  • Attorney General Jim Hood (MS), Chair
  • Attorney General Marty Jackley (SD), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General George Jepsen (CT)
  • Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (WI)
  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT)
  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
  • Attorney General Luther Strange (AL)
  • Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (ID)
  • Attorney General Tim Fox (MT)
  • Attorney General Kathleen Kane (PA)
  • Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum (OR)
  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Jim McPherson, (202) 326-6260

Qui Tam Working Group

The Qui Tam Working Group seeks to promote efficiency and collaboration among the offices of state attorneys general in the investigation, screening, and where appropriate, pursuit of non-medical qui tam lawsuits.  The working group will foster information sharing and coordination among attorneys general in the service of the respective state’s bests interests.  Whether multistate qui tam cases are declined or pursued by attorneys general, the working group goal is to ensure that attorneys general fulfill their obligation in these cases with the best information and as efficiently as possible.

  • Attorney General Gary King (NM), Chair
  • Attorney General Tim Fox (MT), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Roy Cooper (NC)
  • Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman (NJ)
  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan (IL)
  • Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
  • Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (NY)
  • Attorney General Lori Swanson (MN)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Al Lama, (202) 326-6266

Strategic Planning Implementation Committee

  • Attorney General Jim Hood (MS), Chair
  • Attorney General Roy Cooper (NC), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Martha Coakley (MA)
  • Attorney General Derek Schmidt (KS)
  • Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (WI)
  • Chief of Staff Holly Bolen (NE)
  • Deputy Attorney General Joe Dandurand (MO)
  • Chief Deputy Charlie McGuigan (SD)
  • Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John (WI)
  • Mike Cody, former TN AG, SAGE
  • Stephen Merrill, former NH AG, SAGE
    NAAG Staff Contact: Jim McPherson (202) 326-6260

Substance Abuse Committee

The mission of the Substance Abuse Committee is to make our country safer and healthier by dramatically decreasing drug abuse through policy analysis, research, police operations, education and drug treatment.  To achieve this goal, the Committee works with law enforcement, prosecutors, community leaders and other stakeholders in order to identify developing trends and combat substance abuse through coordinated efforts. 

  • Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL), Co-Chair
  • Attorney General Jack Conway (KY), Co-Chair
  • Attorney General Joseph Foster (NH)
  • Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman (NJ)
  • Attorney General Janet Mills (ME)
  • Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Francesca Liquori, (202) 326-6041

Tobacco Advisory Group (TAG)

  • Attorney General Jon Bruning (NE)
  • Attorney General Martha Coakley (MA)
  • Attorney General Marty Jackley (SD)
  • Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (AR)
  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT)
  • Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (ID)

Veterans Affairs Committee

  • Attorney General Alan Wilson (SC), Chair
  • Attorney General Jack Conway (KY), Vice Chair
  • Attorney General Kathleen Kane (PA)
  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Attorney General Bill Sorrell (VT)
    NAAG Staff Contact: Chris Toth, (202) 326-6021

REPRESENTATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

House of Delegates
Vacant

Criminal Justice Section
Attorney General Jim Hood (MS)

AMERICAN LEGACY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)

COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERNMENTS

  • Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (ND)

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROSECUTORS

  • Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)

NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN

  • Ex-Officio Board Member - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (WI)

UNIFORM LAW COMMISSION

  • Advisory Member - Vacant

REGIONAL CONFERENCES

EASTERN REGION

  • Chair: Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (RI)
  • Vice Chair: Attorney General Kathleen Kane (PA)

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

NAAG Staff Contact: Francesca Liquori, (202) 326-6041

MIDWESTERN REGION

  • Chair: Attorney General Greg Zoeller (IN)
  • Vice Chair: Attorney General Derek Schmidt (KS)

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

NAAG Staff Contact: Jeanette Manning (202) 326-6258

SOUTHERN REGION

  • Chair: Attorney General Luther Strange (AL)
  • Vice Chair: Attorney General Mark Herring (VA)

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia

NAAG Staff Contact: Hedda Litwin, (202) 326-6022

WESTERN REGION (CWAG)

  • Chair: Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (ID)
  • Vice Chair: Vacant

Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

CWAG: Karen White, Executive Director
Chris Coppin, Legal Director

NAAG Staff Contact: Jim McPherson, (202) 326-6260

NAAG MISSION FOUNDATION

2014 - 2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR

  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT)

VICE CHAIR/SECRETARY

  • Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (ID)

TREASURER

  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Serving on The Board by virtue of being NAAG Officers

  • Attorney General Jim Hood (MS)
  • Attorney General Marty Jackley (SD)
  • Attorney General George Jepsen (CT)
  • Attorney General JB Van Hollen (WI)

Serving on The Board by NAAG Exec Committee Appointment

  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General William Sorrell (VT)
  • Attorney General Lawrence Wasden (ID)
  • One position vacant

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

  • Attorney General Tom Miller (IA)
  • Attorney General Jim Hood (MS)
    Staff Contact: Theresia Heller, (202) 326-6029

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • Jim McPherson, Executive Director, NAAG, (202) 326-6260
    Jeffrey Hunter, Executive Assistant, Board Secretary, NAAG, (202) 326-6264

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