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Jepsen Going After Attorney General Job Again

The Connecticut Democrat has filed paperwork to launch his re-election campaign.

George Jepsen.
George Jepsen.
A press release issued April 7 from the campaign of George Jepsen:

George Jepsen today announced his plans to seek re-election as Connecticut’s Attorney General in 2014. This morning, he filed formal candidate papers with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Jepsen took office in 2011 as Connecticut’s 24th Attorney General. 

“It has been an absolute privilege to serve the people of Connecticut as Attorney General,” Jepsen said. “I have tried to approach this important job with great care and respect for the responsibility that is inherent in the office – recognizing the need to protect state taxpayers and consumers while ensuring that legitimate, hardworking business owners are treated fairly. I would be deeply honored to earn another term in order to continue the work we have begun over the past three and a half years.”

The Attorney General is a constitutional officer, the state’s 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.

Jepsen Touts His Accomplishments

“In my first term, we had many accomplishments that saved money for state taxpayers, protected consumers against fraud and provided direct relief to Connecticut families still struggling from the effects of the nationwide recession,” Jepsen said. “Like many Connecticut households, the Attorney General’s Office, during my administration, has had to do more with less, and I’m proud that my team of talented and dedicated attorneys have brought over a billion dollars back to the state budget and taxpayers during my first term. In budget year 2013 alone, we produced $537M for the state.”

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 is a member of the National Association of Attorneys General, where he 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 nation’s 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, $164 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 & Poor’s for allegedly misrepresenting its analysis of structured securities as objective.

“Connecticut has become a national leader on privacy, antitrust, finance and a multitude of other matters, and I look forward to discussing these and other issues with the people of Connecticut during this campaign,” he said.

Scott Jackson, Mayor of Hamden, will serve as Jepsen’s Campaign Treasurer.

More About George Jepsen 

Born in Hattiesburg, Miss. and raised in Greenwich, Jepsen 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 master’s 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 for 16 years in the Connecticut General Assembly as a state representative for Stamford’s 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.

A former marathon runner, Jepsen’s 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.

Anthony Powers April 08, 2014 at 08:12 PM
@ MAMMA clearly you did not read his decision. He clearly pointed out the law was constitutional but ruled against removing it. clearly a commie judge and i am sure the supreme court will decide differently.
Anthony Powers April 08, 2014 at 08:15 PM
@ MAMMA clearly you are delusional as no state can ban a product that was previously legal. And that is what the state did retroactive laws are clearly a violation of constitutional rights as written, Clearly you should not comment on things you know nothing about. But then again liberals do this every time and they do not care. How can you tell if a liberal is lying. There lips are moving!!
Craig R April 08, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Why do we need an AG? Blumenthal is still doing the job as our Senator. He still feels the need to be our consumer protection lobbyist in Washington. At least George was correct with his fight against letting Charla the Chimp attackee not suing the state. Oh that's right, George just made a brief opening statement and his asst did all the real legal work.
MAC April 10, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Last month Jepsen was first up to testify in favor of Assisted Suicide, at a public hearing in the LOB. I was there and could not believe how inarticulate and unimpressive he was presenting his 'argument' and answering questions!......................................... I can see why he would prefer a cushy government job to actually having to win cases in the private sector. But PLEASE don't re-elect this Career Politician!!

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