Patrick Morrisey

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Patrick Morrisey
36th Attorney General of West Virginia
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
Preceded by Darrell McGraw
Personal details
Born (1967-12-21) December 21, 1967 (age 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Rutgers University, New

Rutgers University, Newark
Religion Roman Catholicism

Patrick Morrisey (born December 21, 1967) is an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Morrisey is the Attorney General of West Virginia.

Early life and Education[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Morrisey grew up in Edison, New Jersey.[1] His father was account manager at U.S. Steel, while his mother worked as a registered nurse.[1] Morrisey ran cross-country and played on his high school's tennis team, before he graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School in 1985.[1]

Morrisey graduated from Rutgers College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science in 1989.[2] He also attended Rutgers School of Law–Newark, receiving his juris doctor in 1992.[3]


After graduating from Rutgers, Morrisey opened a private law firm in 1992. He practiced health care, election, regulatory and communications law at the lobbying group Arent Fox, from 1995 to 1999.[4] Morrisey served as deputy staff director and chief health counsel for the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce from 1999 to 2004, where he worked on the passage of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Response Act and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (establishing Medicare Part D).[5] He ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's 7th congressional district in 2000, receiving 9% of the vote in the Republican primary.[6] He worked for Sidley Austin before he joined King & Spalding in 2010, becoming a partner.[7]

In 2012, Morrisey ran for Attorney General of West Virginia against Darrell McGraw, a five-term incumbent.[7] He defeated McGraw and was sworn in on January 14, 2013, making him the first Republican state Attorney General since 1933.[8][9]

Recently questions have arisen about Morrisey's ties to Cardinal Health, his campaign funds and the lawsuit his predecessor filed against Cardinal Health. After his claim of recusing himself from the suit he met privately on several occasions with representatives of Cardinal Health. [10]


Morrisey moved to West Virginia in 2006.[11] He lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with his wife and his stepdaughter.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Zack Harold (January 25, 2013). "Meet Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia's new attorney general". Charleston Daily Mail. 
  2. ^ Chris Dickerson (April 13, 2012). "Morrisey proposes ethics overhaul". 
  3. ^ Rutgers School of Law–Newark (May 22, 2013). "January — June 2012". 
  4. ^ Paul J. Peyton (June 1, 2000). "The Westfield Leader Newspaper The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood". 
  5. ^ Andrea Lannom (January 25, 2013). "New role as WV attorney general marries Morrisey's passions". State Journal. 
  6. ^ Peyton, Paul J.; Stalker, Suzette; and Johnson, Brian; Westfield Leader. "Ferguson Tops Kean to Win GOP Congressional Primary". 
  7. ^ a b c "Morrisey files to run for AG | West Virginia Record". 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
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  9. ^ Anonymous. "Patrick Morrisey » Editorials » The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia". Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
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  11. ^ Chris Dickerson (October 31, 2012). "AG hopefuls battle to the end". 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Darrell McGraw
Attorney General of West Virginia