Ellen Rosenblum

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Ellen Rosenblum
17th Oregon Attorney General
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 29, 2012
Preceded by John Kroger
Personal details
Born (1951-01-06) January 6, 1951 (age 63)
Berkeley, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Richard Meeker
Alma mater University of Oregon School of Law
University of Oregon

Ellen F. Rosenblum (born January 6, 1951) is the Attorney General for the U.S. state of Oregon. She was sworn in on June 29, 2012, replacing John Kroger, who resigned to become President of Reed College. She is the first female Attorney General in Oregon's history.

Early life[edit]

Rosenblum was born in Berkeley, California, one of eight children of Victor and Louise Rosenblum. The family moved to Evanston, Illinois, where her father was a law professor at Northwestern University for 40 years.[1][2] She graduated from Evanston Township High School and attended Scripps College before earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in 1971, where she also earned a law degree in 1975.[3][4][5]

Law and judicial career[edit]

In 1975, Rosenblum became an associate at the Eugene law firm of Hammons, Phillips and Jensen, and later became a partner in the firm.[1] In 1980, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, specializing in financial crimes.[1][6] In 1989, she was appointed by Governor Neil Goldschmidt as a judge to the Multnomah County District Court where she presided until 1993, when Governor Barbara Roberts appointed her to a judge on the Multnomah County Circuit Court.[4] In 2005, Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed her to fill a vacancy on the Oregon Court of Appeals, and she was elected to a full six-year term in 2006.[4][7]

Attorney General[edit]

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced in October 2011 that he would not seek another term, and in January 2012, Rosenblum announced that she would run for the Democratic nomination for the position.[4] U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton also entered the race, and held an early fundraising advantage with the support of most of the state's law enforcement community.[8] Rosenblum focused on social issues, and when Holton criticized the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, Rosenblum gained the support of Oregon marijuana legalization supporters by pledging to "make marijuana enforcement a low priority, and protect the rights of medical marijuana patients."[8] In the May Democratic primary, she went on to defeat Holton by nearly 30 percentage points to move on to the general election.[9]

In April, Kroger announced his resignation to become President of Reed College effective June 29 and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber named Rosenblum to replace Kroger effective that same day.[9][10] Coincidentally, Rosenblum's father, Victor Rosenblum, had served as President of Reed from 1968 to 1970.[2] Rosenblum became Oregon's first female Attorney General.[9][10] She served in the appointed position until January and won the general election in November for a full term.[9] Though no Republican filed in the primary, Portland attorney James Buchal received enough write-in votes to qualify for the November ballot as a Republican.[11]

Personal[edit]

Rosenblum is married to Richard Meeker, the publisher and co-owner of the Willamette Week newspaper in Portland.[12] The couple has two grown children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ellen F. Rosenblum". Oregon State Bar. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Noted legal scholar Victor Rosenblum dies at 80". Northwestern University. March 30, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Board of Directors, Biographies". American Bar Foundation. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Jung, Helen (January 4, 2012). "Former Appeals Court Judge Ellen Rosenblum will seek Oregon attorney general job". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "American Bar Association". American Bar Association. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ellen Rosenblum". Project Votesmart. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "November 7, 2006, General Election Abstracts of Votes: Judge of the Court of Appeals, Position 9". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Manning, Jeff (May 15, 2012). "Ellen Rosenblum defeats Dwight Holton for attorney general". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d Cole, Michelle (June 6, 2012). "Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber names Ellen Rosenblum as interim attorney general". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Barron-Lopez, Laura (June 29, 2012). "Ellen Rosenblum becomes Oregon's first woman attorney general". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Mapes, Jeff (June 6, 2012). "Oregon Republicans now have candidates for attorney general and treasurer, courtesy of write-in votes". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Election is coming". Willamette Week. April 25, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
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Preceded by
John Kroger
Oregon Attorney General
2012 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent