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2014 State and Territorial Attorneys General Election Results

Thirty-one states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands held elections for attorney general on Nov. 4. Below are those chosen by the voters to serve, with photos and bios of new attorneys general to follow. Their terms begin in January 2015.

Some attorneys general are appointed by the governor (Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Wyoming; territories of American Samoa, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) or chosen by the state legislature (Maine) or state Supreme Court (Tennessee). At press time, it was possible that newly-elected governors in Alaska, Hawaii and Virgin Islands would consider new attorneys general. In Maine, members of the newly-elected state legislature were scheduled to vote Dec. 3 by secret ballot for their state attorney general to serve a 2-year term. The Tennessee Supreme Court appointed a new attorney general who started in October.

As a result, there are a minimum of 15 new state and territorial attorneys general, with four more—Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Virgin Islands—still in play at press time. The December NAAGazette will include any updates. The voter percentages listed below are as of Nov. 14, 2014.

State

Outcome

Alabama

Incumbent Luther Strange (R) was re-elected to a second 4-year term. He won with 58.5 percent over Joe Hubbard (D) at 41.5 percent.

Arizona

This was an open seat race as Incumbent Tom Horne (R) lost in the Republican primary. Mark Brnovich (R) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 52.9 percent over Felecia Rotellini (D) at 47.1 percent.

Arkansas

This was an open seat race. Leslie Rutledge (R) was elected to a 4-year term. She won with 51.6 percent over Nate Steel (D) at 43.2 percent.

California

Incumbent Kamala Harris (D) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. She won with 56.5 percent over Ron Gold (R) at 43.5 percent.

Colorado

This was an open seat race. Cynthia Coffman (R) was elected to a 4-year term. She won with 51.6 percent over Don Quick (D) at 42.3 percent.

Connecticut

Incumbent George Jepsen (D) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 56.6 percent over Kie Westby (R) at 41.3 percent.

Delaware

This was an open seat race. Matthew Denn (D) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 52.8 percent over Ted Kittila (R ) at 39.2 percent.

District of Columbia

This was the first year voters elected their attorney general instead of by mayoral appointment. Karl Racine (D) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 37.08 percent over Ed Smith (D) at 19.27 percent, Lorie Masters (D) at 13.86 percent, Paul Zukerberg (D) at 13.17 percent and Lateefah Williams (D) at 7.28 percent.

Florida

Incumbent Pam Bondi (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. She won with 55.1 percent over George Sheldon (D) at 42 percent.

Georgia

Incumbent Sam Olens (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 57 percent over Greg Hecht (D) at 43 percent.

Guam

Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson was elected to a 4-year term. She won with 66.66 percent over Incumbent Lenny Rapadas at 33.34 percent.

Idaho

Incumbent Lawrence Wasden (R) was re-elected to a fourth, 4-year term. He won with 68.1 percent over Bruce Bistline (D) at 31.9 percent.

Illinois

Incumbent Lisa Madigan (D) was re-elected to a fourth, 4-year term. She won with 59 percent over Paul Schimpf (R) at 38.2 percent.

Iowa

Incumbent Tom Miller (D) was re-elected to a ninth, 4-year term. He won with 56.1 percent over Adam Gregg (R) at 43.9 percent.

Kansas

Incumbent Derek Schmidt (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 66.8 percent over AJ Kotich (D) at 33.2 percent.

Maryland

This was an open seat race. Brian Frosh (D) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 54.6 percent over Jeffrey Pritzker (R) at 42 percent.

Massachusetts

This was an open seat race. Maura Healey (D) was elected to a 4-year term. She won with 61.7 percent over John Miller (R) at 38.3 percent.

Michigan

Incumbent Bill Schuette (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 52.1 percent over Mark Totten (D) at 44.2 percent.

Minnesota

Incumbent Lori Swanson (D) was re- elected to a third, 4-year term. She won with 52.6 percent over Scott Newman (R) at 39 percent.

Nebraska

This was an open seat race. Doug Peterson (R) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 66.5 percent over Janet Stewart (D) at 33.5 percent.

Nevada

This was an open seat race. Adam Paul Laxalt (R) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 46.2 percent over Ross Miller (D) at 45.3 percent.

New Mexico

This was an open seat race. Hector Balderas (D) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 58.1 percent over Susan Riedel (R) at 41.9 percent.

New York

Incumbent Eric Schneiderman (D) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 55.5 percent over John Cahill (R) with 41.6 percent.

North Dakota

Incumbent Wayne Stenehjem (R) was re-elected to a fifth, 4-year term. He won with 74.2 percent over Kiara Kraus-Parr (D) at 25.8 percent.

Northern Mariana Islands

This was the first year voters elected their attorney general instead of by governor appointment. Edward Eladio Manibusan was elected to a 4-year term. He won 64.7 percent over Michael Norita Evangelista with 35.3 percent.

Ohio

Incumbent Mike DeWine (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won 61.7 percent over David Pepper (D) at 38.3 percent.

Oklahoma

Incumbent Scott Pruitt (R) ran unopposed and was re-elected to a second, 4-year term.

Rhode Island

Incumbent Peter Kilmartin (D) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 56.8 percent over Dawson Hodgson (R) at 43.2 percent.

South Carolina

Incumbent Alan Wilson (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 60.3 percent over Parnell Diggs (D) at 39.7 percent.

South Dakota

Incumbent Marty Jackley (R) was re-elected to a second, 4-year term. He won with 82 percent over Chad Haber (Libertarian) at 18 percent.

Tennessee

The state Supreme Court appointed Herbert H. Slatery, III, (R) to an 8-year term that began Oct. 1, 2014.

Texas

This was an open seat race. Ken Paxton (R) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 58.6 percent over Sam Houston (D) with 37.9 percent.

Utah

Incumbent Sean Reyes (R) was elected to finish the remaining two years of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s term. He won with 62.7 percent over Charles Stormont (D) at 27.5 percent.

Vermont

Incumbent Bill Sorrell (D) was re-elected to his eighth, 2-year term. He won with 58.6 percent over Shane McCormack (R) at 37.4 percent.

Wisconsin

This was an open seat race. Brad Schimel (R) was elected to a 4-year term. He won with 51.6 percent over Susan Happ (D) at 45.4 percent.

Biographical Information for New Attorneys General

Tennessee

Herbert H. Slatery III was sworn in as the attorney general and reporter for the state of Tennessee on Oct. 1, 2014. He was appointed by the state Supreme Court to serve an eight-year term.

Prior to his appointment as attorney general and reporter, Attorney General Slatery served as counsel to Gov. Bill Haslam from 2011-2014. In addition to providing legal advice to the governor, he advised on judicial appointments, coordinated the legal affairs of the executive branch for the governor, assisted in the development and implementation of legislation, and reviewed requests for executive clemency and extradition.

Before joining the Haslam Administration, Attorney General Slatery was in private practice in Knoxville, Tenn., with Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C., for whom he served as president from 1998 -2007, and chairman from 2008 through January 2011. He practiced in the areas of finance (both private and local government), corporate governance, capital formation, real estate, and acquisitions and sales of businesses.

Attorney General Slatery is a Knoxville native. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and law degree from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Cary, have two children, Frances and Harrison, who live in Knoxville.

Attorneys General-Elect

Terms Start in January 2015

Arizona

Mark Brnovich, pronounced, "Burn-O-Vich", grew up in Phoenix and earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Arizona State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Mark met his wife Susan while they both worked as prosecutors for the Maricopa County Attorneyʼs Office. Mark worked in the Gang/Repeat Offender Unit and prosecuted many difficult and high profile cases from 1992 to 1998. Always interested in new challenges, he went to work at the Arizona Attorney Generalʼs Office (1998-2003).

Mark has also previously served as the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Government. He worked as a senior director for the Corrections Corporation of America, before later returning to his roots as a prosecutor and public servant. Mark has served as an assistant U.S. attorney where he prosecuted public integrity crimes, as well as crimes occurring in Indian Country.

He left the U.S. Attorneyʼs Office to serve as the director of the Arizona Department of Gaming (2009-2013), a law enforcement agency that investigates illegal gambling activity, as well as working with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of tribal gaming.

Arkansas

Leslie Rutledge is an Arkansas lawyer who has spent her entire career in public service. A former prosecutor, her law practice focuses on Administrative Law, State and Local Government, and Election Law.

A seventh generation Arkansan, Rutledge grew up on a cattle farm and attended public school at the Southside School District in Independence County. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, she proceeded to the University of Arkansas, Little Rock (UALR) Bowen School of Law. Rutledge is admitted to practice law in Arkansas, Washington D.C., and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Rutledge began work in the Arkansas Court of Appeals clerking for Judge Josephine Hart, now associate justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Rutledge was selected to serve as deputy counsel to the Office of Governor Mike Huckabee working with and advising Arkansas state agencies. She served as deputy prosecuting attorney in Lonoke County handling felony cases and in subsequent service as attorney for the State of Arkansas' Division of Children and Family Services.

During her time in Washington, D.C., Rutledge served as deputy counsel for the “Huckabee for President” campaign, deputy counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee and ultimately as counsel for the Republican National Committee including the most recent presidential campaign cycle.

Her service extends to leadership in numerous community organizations including the Junior League, Alpha Delta Pi Alumni, the National Rifle Association and Women in Networking in Central Arkansas. Rutledge is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, the Federalist Society and the Republican National Lawyers Association. Leslie attends the Church at Rock Creek and resides in Little Rock.

Colorado

Cynthia Coffman began her legal career 22 years ago in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. As a courtroom attorney, Cynthia defended the state’s juvenile justice system and public health department. A few years later, the opportunity to work as a lawyer for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta turned into a life-changing experience. Following her initial assignment in Finance & Management Services, Cynthia went on to work in risk management during the Games. On July 27, 1996, a domestic terrorist detonated pipe bombs in Olympic Park during a celebratory concert. One innocent spectator was killed and scores more were badly injured. Cynthia acted as the primary liaison with the victims and their families. In 1997, on a post-Olympics visit to the Rocky Mountains, Cynthia decided to pursue her dream of moving to Colorado. She has been a Colorado resident for the last 15 years.

Cynthia’s first job in Denver was working for the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Council. She staffed the Senate Judiciary Committee and assisted with a study of the state’s adult parole system. After a brief time in private practice, Cynthia joined the senior management team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Cynthia served first as the agency’s director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and later as its deputy executive director. She gained extensive experience with environmental issues related to air and water quality, hazardous waste regulation, and environmental health. On the public health side of the house, Cynthia worked on statewide bioterrorism and emergency planning efforts, disease control and prevention, maternal and child health programs, and hospital and health facility regulation.

In 2004, Cynthia moved to the State Capitol, where she served Colorado Gov. Bill Owens as his chief counsel. Then, in March of 2005, newly-appointed Attorney General John Suthers selected Cynthia as his chief deputy. She has filled this role for the past 8 ¥ years, acting as chief of staff and chief operating officer for the largest law firm in the State of Colorado.

Cynthia also serves as vice chairman of the Safe2Tell™ board of directors. Safe2Tell™ is a nonprofit organization providing students in all Colorado schools with the ability to prevent and report violence by making anonymous calls, web and text reports. She currently is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession.

A native Missourian, Cynthia graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked in development for children’s hospitals and pediatric research for several years before completing law school at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Cynthia is married to Colorado U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.

Delaware

Matthew Denn grew up in New Castle County, attending Yorklyn Elementary and H.B. du Pont Middle School. When his family moved to California, he finished high school there and went to the University of California at Berkeley, where he was elected president of the student body. He attended Yale Law School.

Matt returned to Delaware and sought out Delaware Volunteer Legal Services for his first job, providing free legal advice and representation to people who couldn’t afford it otherwise. He worked on cases involving unfair apartment evictions, workplace discrimination and domestic violence.

In 1998, after he had entered private legal practice, Matt was asked by then-Gov. Tom Carper to chair the state’s Child Protection Accountability Commission. The commission’s task was to help fix state government’s child protection system after a series of tragic child deaths, including that of 4-year-old Bryan Martin. After following the advice of Matt’s commission, caseworker loads were reduced and child safety measures improved – improvements that are still in force today.

From 2001 to 2003, Matt served as chief legal counsel to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner at the start of her term. He wrote legislation and negotiated with members of the General Assembly to pass new laws like the Patient’s Bill of Rights, giving patients power the ability to stand up to insurance companies and the Emergency Health Powers Act, improving the ability of the state to respond to a bioterrorism attack.

In 2004, Matt won both a primary and the general election to become the state’s insurance commissioner. In 2008, he was elected Delaware’s lieutenant governor, where he has focused on improving the education and health of the state’s children.

Matt married his wife Michele in 2002 after proposing to her on the boardwalk in Rehoboth, where they had met. Their dog Lenny joined the family in summer 2004. On Dec. 29, 2004 – just days before Matt took office as insurance commissioner – twins Adam and Zach were born. The twins’ exploits and the thoughts of “Mrs. Denn” have been a staple of Matt’s blogs, Facebook posts and tweets.

District of Columbia

Karl Racine is a life-long D.C. resident with over 25 years of experience as a lawyer and public servant. His commitment to equal justice was inspired by his parents, who fled authoritarian rule in Haiti, to start a new life in D.C.

Karl attended Murch Elementary School, Deal Junior High, Wilson High, and graduated from St. Johns College High School, all in the District of Columbia. Throughout his childhood, Karl played and excelled in youth sports leagues, including the DC Public Recreation, Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), and DC Metropolitan Police Boy’s Club.

Karl attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He received the prestigious Spoon Award, highest honor bestowed on a member of the senior class, and was a two-time captain, MVP, and All-Ivy League basketball player. Karl next attended the University of Virginia School of Law where he volunteered in the school’s migrant farm worker rights clinic. After graduating from University of Virginia Law School, Karl spent his first three years with Venable LLP. During that time, Karl gained impressive experience, including trial work, and arguing two cases before two federal circuit courts of appeal. Karl’s pro bono representation of a death row inmate in Virginia had a profound impact on his career and life. In 1992, Karl left Venable LLP to work at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). At PDS, Karl defended children and adults who could not afford to pay for their own lawyer. Karl’s work as a public defender took him to every sector, ward, and precinct of the District.

After another stint in private practice, Karl returned to public service, this time working as an associate White House counsel for President William Jefferson Clinton. In his three years working at the White House, Karl defended the president and White House staff in a broad range of matters, including defending the White House in numerous independent counsel, congressional, and other investigative matters. Karl also served on a small team of White House lawyers responsible for selecting judges to the DC courts. Karl returned to Venable LLP, where he served as the firm’s managing partner. Karl was the first African American managing partner of an AM LAW 100 law firm. The National Law Journal has recognized Karl as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in the United States.

Guam

Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam in 1971. She received a professional & technical scholarship to attend college at Chaminade College in Hawaii, from 1971 to 1973, and further at the University of San Francisco where she graduated with a BA degree in political science in 1974. She continued her graduate education under the government of Guam’s scholarship program at the University of Santa Clara School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 1979.

Upon returning to the Territory she interned with the Superior Court of Guam as law clerk for Judge Richard Benson, Judge Ramon Diaz, and Presiding Judge Paul Abbate. She was admitted to the practice of law in the Territory of Guam on Jan. 5, 1980. In 1981 she was hired as assistant legal counsel for the Department of Education, and from August 1981 through December 1984, she served as legal counsel. She entered private practice in 1984 with the law firm of Arriola & Cowan as associate counsel concentrating her practice in the areas of land, probate, government, and juvenile law.

In 1987, Gov. Joseph F. Ada nominated Attorney Barrett-Anderson to the post of Guam attorney general. She was confirmed on July 23, 1987 as Guam’s first female attorney general. During her tenure Attorney General Barrett-Anderson established the Family Division to strengthen the Territory’s Child Support Enforcement program, direct attention to the needs of abused children, and to address a growing juvenile problem. She was also instrumental in the enactment of the Consumer Protection Law in 1992, and the modernization of Guam’s Notary Public statute in 1993. She was elected by Gov. Ada as Director of the Year in 1991 in recognition of her innovative ideas and strengthening of the prosecutorial and civil divisions of the Attorney General’s Office. She was also awarded the 1994 Achievement Award by the National Association of Notary Public for her modernization of Guam’s Notary Laws.

She left her post as attorney general in July 1994 to run for elective office. Then Senator Barrett-Anderson successfully ran for a second term in the 24th Guam Legislature and served as chairperson on the Committee on Judiciary, Public Safety and Consumer Protection. On Nov. 7, 1997 she was nominated by Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez to become a Superior Court of Guam judge. She was confirmed by her colleagues of the 25th Guam Legislature, and sworn-in on April 14, 1998 as the seventh judge on the Superior Court bench. Judge Barrett-Anderson was assigned to the Family Court.

Maryland

First elected to the Maryland General Assembly in 1986, Brian Frosh has served as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2003. He has played a major role in shepherding landmark legislation on such issues as increased protections for victims of domestic violence and expanding the state’s DNA database to help police catch criminals.

Brian has authored important environmental laws, fought to make college affordable by reducing tuition costs at Maryland’s public colleges and universities, and protected Maryland families against the threat of foreclosure.

A graduate of Montgomery County public schools, Brian grew up in Bethesda, where he attended Walter Johnson High School. Brian is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Columbia Law School. He lives in the Town of Somerset, MD with his wife Marcy Masters Frosh and his two daughters.

Brian also serves on the board of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, D.C. in Rockville. The Frosh family are members of Adat Shalom Congregation in Bethesda.

Massachusetts

For seven years, Maura Healey helped lead the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, ultimately overseeing more than half of the office’s 500 employees. She began as chief of the Civil Rights Division and went on to direct two of the office’s most prominent divisions: the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau.

Earlier in her career, Maura was a prosecutor in Middlesex County and a litigation partner at WilmerHale, one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms. Proving that height is only a number, Maura also spent two years as a 5’4” starting point guard on a professional basketball team.

At the Attorney General’s Office, she took on subprime lenders and oversaw the groundbreaking HomeCorps program. She trained law enforcement on preventing hate crimes and led the attorney general’s efforts to address bullying in schools. She also achieved breakthrough settlements to ensure that new technologies were accessible to people with disabilities.

Maura is the oldest of five children. Her mother was a school nurse, her father a captain in the Navy and an engineer, and her stepfather taught history and coached high school sports. Maura’s family roots are in Newburyport and along the North Shore, where her grandfathers worked on the fishing docks of Gloucester, at the post office, and in the General Electric factory.

After graduating from public high school, Maura left her small town to attend Harvard College, where she majored in government and was the captain of the basketball team. After two years as a starting point guard for a professional basketball team in Austria, Maura returned to Massachusetts to attend law school at Northeastern University.

Maura lives in Charlestown with her partner.

Nebraska

Doug Peterson was born on April 4, 1959 in Columbus, Neb., and grew up primarily in Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a business degree in 1981 and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1985. Following law school, Mr. Peterson spent two years in North Platte, Neb., prosecuting both criminal and civil cases for the Lincoln County Attorney. From 1988 to 1990, he served as deputy to the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, representing the state in employment law matters and tort litigation. Since 1990, Mr. Peterson has been in private practice. He joined the firm of Keating, O’Gara, Nedved & Peter in 2000.

Mr. Peterson’s legal practice centered mainly upon employment, commercial and personal injury litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Nebraska and Federal District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nevada

Adam Paul Laxalt is a father, a husband and a fourth-generation native Nevadan. He is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Trained by the U.S. Navy as a prosecutor and legal advisor, Adam served his country as a judge advocate general. While in the Navy, Adam volunteered to serve in a combat zone in Iraq. In Iraq at Forward Operating Base Camp Victory, Adam's team was in charge of more than 20,000 detainees during the surge, keeping our troops and the world safer by assisting with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists. They were also in charge of training our military on proper evidence gathering in the field to ensure criminals and terrorists were able to be prosecuted successfully. Training Iraqi prosecutors and judges, they helped modernize their justice system. For his exemplary service, Adam was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, and his Unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

Adam has served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, as an assistant professor of Law in the Leadership, Ethics, and the Law Department at the U.S. Naval Academy and as a special advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Since departing the Navy, Adam has built a law practice in Las Vegas. Adam serves on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the largest private social services agency in the state. Adam co-founded the Saint Thomas More Society, a legal ethics and leadership society that has sponsored numerous legal education and leadership events in Nevada. Adam was recently appointed by the Nevada State Bar to serve on a Civility Task Force to help work on increasing civility amongst lawyers in Nevada.

Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and also graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center. Adam and his wife Jaime live in Henderson with their daughter Sophia and their dogs, Hoya and Buckley.

New Mexico

Hector Balderas was raised by a single mother in the small village of Wagon Mound, N.M. Hector earned degrees from New Mexico Highlands University and the University of New Mexico Law School. He became the first person from Wagon Mound to graduate from law school and become an attorney.

After law school, Hector chose to pursue his passion for public service. He became a Bernalillo County assistant district attorney. In December 2003, Hector returned to Wagon Mound with his wife and three young children to give back to his rural community. At age 29, Hector ran for and won a seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives. During his tenure as state representative, Hector brought Democrats and Republicans together to pass sweeping legislation to strengthen penalties for sexual predators; establish incentives for clean energy; invest in rural public schools; enact reforms to the criminal justice system; crack down on drunk drivers; and protect consumers from price gouging in times of emergency or disaster.

Pledging to bring transparency to government’s financial affairs, Hector was elected New Mexico’s state auditor in November 2006. At the time of his election, he became America’s youngest Hispanic statewide elected official.

As state auditor, Hector inherited an underfunded office with audit oversight of $60 billion in assets collectively held by over 1000 government entities. Hector created a Special Investigations Division in his office that brings together investigators, accountants and attorneys to target complex fraud cases. He also launched a toll free, statewide hotline that any citizen can use to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse of public resources.

Hector lives in Albuquerque with his wife Denise and their three children, Hector Reyes Jr., Mariola, and Arianna. He is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. In addition he donates his time promoting financial literacy for at risk youth and advocating for the special needs community.

Northern Mariana Islands

Edward Eladio Manibusan is an experienced lawyer and former judge. In addition to his busy practice, he currently serves as civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., and serves as the chairman of the Judicial Discipline Enforcement Special Court of Guam.

Ed has worked on many high profile matters and possesses a broad array of experience. He has handled regulatory issues, civil rights actions, fraud and abuse investigations, legislative review, and strategic counseling. As a former head of the Department of Public Safety, he was trained in Quantico, Va., at the FBI academy, and has special insight into the relationship between the Department of Public Safety and the Attorney General’s Office.

As a former judge of the Superior Court; former justice pro tem of the CNMI Supreme Court and Supreme Court of Guam; and former US District Court judge designate, Ed understands the judicial process, and the role of the prosecutor. His training has included the National Judicial College and the National College of District Attorneys.

When he served as chairman of the Youth Advisory Council, Office of the Governor from 2006 – 2010, Ed worked to implement federal funding for criminal justice youth programs. He reviewed projects including youth community centers where kids could come after school to study, afterschool programs, and youth basketball programs.

Ed has been happily married for 33 years to Del, and has three children and three grandchildren. He has served as pro bono legal counsel to the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa from 2004 to the present. Among some of his other community activities, he is the founder and president of the Northern Marianas Junior Golf League, and served on the Board of Directors of Mount Carmel School for many years.

Texas

Ken Paxton was born Dec. 23, 1962, in Minot, N.D., while his father was stationed at Minot Air Force Base. He graduated from Baylor University, where he served as student body president, earning a B.A. in Psychology in 1985 and an M.B.A. in 1986.

In 1991, Ken earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, Sen. Paxton joined the firm of Strasburger & Price, L.L.P, and then went on to serve as in-house counsel for J.C. Penney Company, Inc., a Fortune 200 Company.

First elected in 2002 as a state representative in House District 70, Mr. Paxton served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years prior to being elected to represent Texas Senate District 8 in 2012. SD 8 includes the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

Ken lives in McKinney with his wife, Angela, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco. The Paxtons have four children: Tucker (21), Abby (19), Mattie (17), and Katie (15). Ken and Angela are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

Wisconsin

Brad Schimel has served as Waukesha County district attorney since his election in 2006. In 2011 he was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Council and on the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council. He is an instructor in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Department at Waukesha County Technical College and a former adjunct instructor at Concordia University.

He and his wife Sandi raise their two daughters in Waukesha County. For nearly a quarter century, Brad Schimel has been a frontline prosecutor. Schimel has conducted more than 150 jury trials ranging from First Degree Intentional Homicide to traffic offenses. He's been named Wisconsin Association of Victim and Witness Professionals "Wisconsin Professional of the Year" for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault. As Waukesha County district attorney, Schimel is the chief law enforcement officer in the county and supervises 16 attorneys and three dozen support staff. In 2011, Brad was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin Judicial Council, and in that same year he was appointed to the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council. He currently serves in a leadership capacity as the secretary. He is a founding member of the Waukesha County Victim Impact Panel for intoxicated drivers and president of the Preventing Alcohol-Related Crashes (PARC) Task Force, 2004-2011.

Brad earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1990) and is a graduate of Mukwonago High School and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1987). He began his career as a prosecutor in 1990 when he joined the Waukesha County District Attorney's office.

In his "spare" time, Brad plays bass in the classic rock band "4 On the Floor" and is a Harley-Davidson enthusiast and served seven years as a road captain for the Kettle Moraine Chapter-Harley Owners' Group.

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