June 17, 2013 – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will become the next president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) this week during the association’s annual summer meeting in Boston.
Van Hollen was elected by the full association last summer and is serving as president-elect until his inauguration. He will succeed Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who will stay on as the Immediate Past President. Van Hollen was previously elected to the position of vice president in 2011.
“While I feel honored to be chosen for this position, my election also reflects positively on the state of Wisconsin. It shows that our legal community and our commitment to the rule of law are recognized by my peers in other states, and it also reflects the high quality of lawyers, law enforcement officers, and others who work at the Wisconsin Department of Justice,” said Van Hollen.
Katie Stenz is the public affairs coordinator with the State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (608) 250-6145.
As part of NAAG’s Executive Committee, Van Hollen is charged with the leadership of the association’s operations, as well as appointing all standing and special committee chairs.
All of the nation’s 50 attorneys general are part of NAAG, along with representatives from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands. These members share in the association’s common goal of fostering “interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues,” as well as conducting policy research and analysis of issues and facilitating communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government.
Van Hollen, who has been serving as Wisconsin’s 43rd Attorney General since 2007, is now in the middle of his second, four-year term.