ATTORNEY GENERAL GEORGE JEPSEN
George Jepsen is the 24th Attorney General to serve Connecticut since the office was established in 1897. He took office in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 to a second term.
The Attorney General is a constitutional officer and the chief legal officer for civil matters. With a staff of roughly 200 attorneys, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all state agencies. Under state statutes and the Connecticut Constitution, the Attorney General has authority over all civil matters and is responsible for representing the people of Connecticut and the broader public interest.
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; 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 $32 million, the Office generated $523.2 million in revenues to the state for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
Attorney General Jepsen has focused on reducing healthcare costs by increasing transparency and competition, and preventing and deterring healthcare fraud. He advocated for stronger consumer protections in Connecticut's competitive electricity market. Among other initiatives, Jepsen created a Privacy & Data Security department 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 consumer protection issues.
Attorney General Jepsen is president of the National Association of Attorneys General. His one-year term began in June, 2016. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the NAAG Foundation, as co-chairman of the Standing Committee on Antitrust and as a member of the Internet Safety/Cyber Privacy and Security Committee. He was a member of the executive committee that negotiated a $25 billion federal-state settlement in 2012—the largest in history—with the nation's five largest banks over mortgage foreclosure abuses.
Among other notable cases, Connecticut played a prominent role in the e-book pricing investigation that produced settlements with five publishing companies in 2012 and 2013, $166 million in consumer refunds and a successful federal suit against Apple for its role in the anti-competitive scheme that netted $400 million for consumers.
Connecticut led an intensive, 20-state investigation of financial rating agency Standard & Poor's for allegedly misrepresenting its analysis of structured securities, resulting in a $1.375 billion federal-state settlement in February, 2015. Connecticut was one of six lead states in a coalition of more than 40 attorneys general that investigated Volkswagon for marketing, selling and leasing certain diesel vehicles equipped with illegal and undisclosed emissions defeat devices designed to circumvent emissions standards in violation of state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive trade practices. The investigation led to a $570 million settlement in June, 2016. Connecticut's share of the civil penalties was approximately $16.3 million.
Before his election, Attorney General 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, in the areas of corporate transactions and civil and appellate litigation.
Attorney General Jepsen was born in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Nov. 23, 1954, the second of Chuck and Rita Jepsen’s three children. In 1955, the family moved to Greenwich, where Jepsen attended public schools. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1976 from Dartmouth College with a B.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 master's degree in public policy in 1982.
Attorney General Jepsen served 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly as a state representative for Stamford's 148th District, (1988-90) and as a state senator for the 27th District, representing Stamford and Darien (1991-2003). As a state senator, Jepsen was chairman of the Judiciary Committee (1993-1995), ranking member of the Finance Committee (1995-1997) and served as Senate Majority Leader (1997-2003). His legislative record reflects strong advocacy for consumers, civil rights, the environment, protecting women from domestic violence, public safety, and a fair and competitive business climate.
In 2002, Jepsen was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor. He served as Democratic State Party chairman from 2003-2005.
Attorney General Jepsen enjoys world travel and is conversational in Chinese, French and Spanish. A former marathon runner, his interests now include cooking international cuisines and reading histories and biographies. Attorney General Jepsen is a resident of West Hartford and married to Diana Sousa. They have two sons, Christian, and William.