National Association of Attorneys General
Lawrence Wasden is Idaho’s 32nd attorney general. He was elected to his fourth term on Nov. 4, 2014, and is the longest serving attorney general in the state’s history.
Mr. Wasden has dedicated most of his professional career to public service. He started working in the attorney general’s office in 1989, when he was appointed as a deputy attorney general and assigned to the Idaho State Tax Commission. He was promoted to deputy chief of staff then later to chief of staff. He was first elected attorney general in 2002.
Before serving in the attorney general’s office, Mr. Wasden was a deputy prosecuting attorney in Canyon County and the prosecuting attorney in Owyhee County.
Throughout his career, General Wasden has been recognized for his leadership in the legal profession, public health, protecting children and consumers of all ages, prosecuting public corruption cases and promoting open and transparent government.
As attorney general, Mr. Wasden has framed his leadership of the office around two fundamental principles: The Rule of Law and calling legal “balls and strikes” fair and square.
Mr. Wasden is a past chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and a past president of the National Association of Attorneys General. He currently serves on NAAG’s Mission Foundation. In his role with the Conference of Western Attorneys General, General Wasden has been active in the Alliance Partnership, a program devoted to strengthening and reforming the justice system in Mexico. Since 2006, General Wasden and the Alliance Partnership have led multiple training seminars for Mexican prosecutors, investigators and forensic experts making the transition to an adversarial system of justice.
AG Wasden served for more than a decade on the board of directors of the American Legacy Foundation, the nonprofit created in the wake of the national tobacco settlement to educate youth and adults on the risks and dangers of smoking. He stepped down as board chairman in 2014. Recognizing Mr. Wasden’s service, the Foundation donated $350,000 to the University of Idaho College of Law to create a scholars program in his name.
In 2007, Mr. Wasden received “The People First” Award from the Idaho Newspaper Foundation for his work to promote and educate government officials, media and citizens about Idaho’s Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law. Mr. Wasden continues to travel around the state annually to promote open and transparent government at all levels and educate Idahoans on the state’s public records laws.
Other recognition Mr. Wasden has received include:
- The Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance Leadership Award in 2009 for his support of victims’ rights and efforts to reduce domestic violence.
- The Conference of Western Attorneys General’s rarely-given “Courage in Public Service” Award in 2010, given for acting with courage and integrity in fulfilling the duties of office.
- Idaho Voices for Children named him the “2011 Children’s Champion” for efforts to protect children from sexual abuse. The honor came after Mr. Wasden worked to launch the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the ProtecTeens Internet Safety Program.
- The Idaho Business Review honored Mr. Wasden in 2014 with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” as part of its Leaders in Law program.
AG Wasden earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1985. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brigham Young University in 1982.
Mr. Wasden is a founding member, and past chairman, of the Government and Public Lawyers Section of the Idaho State Bar. He also serves on the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Board.
Lawrence and Tracey Wasden were married in 1980 and live in Nampa, Idaho. They are proud parents of four children and nine grandchildren.