|Attorney General of Kansas|
January 31, 2008 – January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Paul Morrison|
|Succeeded by||Derek Schmidt|
December 11, 1965 |
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Carleton College
University of Kansas, Lawrence
Stephen N. Six (born December 11, 1965) is an American attorney and former judge from Kansas who served as Kansas' 43rd Attorney General. He was nominated to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on March 9, 2011. He is currently[when?] a partner at the Kansas City, New York and San Diego based law firm, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP. His nomination was returned to the President on December 17, 2011, pursuant to the rules of the Senate.
Early life and education
Stephen Six is the son of former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Fred Six. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1988 and earned his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1993.
Following graduation from law school, Six served as a law clerk to Judge Deanell Reece Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. From 1994 to 2005, he served as a Partner in the Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Shamberg, Johnson, and Bergman. He was appointed as a Judge on the Douglas County Circuit Court by Governor Sebelius in January 2005, serving in that post until his appointment as Attorney General by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2008.
Following completion of his service as Attorney General, he became a Partner in the Kansas City, Missouri firm Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP.
43rd Attorney General of Kansas
Six was recognized by Kansas editorial boards for restoring professionalism and stability to the office after the tenures of previous Attorneys General Paul J. Morrison and Phill Kline. Six was also recognized for cutting the office's taxpayer-funded budget almost in half.
Six focused the office on protecting consumers and cracking down on fraud and waste in the state Medicaid program. During Six's tenure, the Consumer Protection Division recovered $39.5 million on behalf of Kansans. The Medicaid Fraud Division recovered $66.2 million.
In 2008, Six became the first Kansas Attorney General in 35 years to personally prosecute a case. He earned a jury conviction in 2008 of Kenneth Wilson for the first degree murder of Scott Noel in Osborne County, Kansas. He earned a jury conviction in 2009 of Israel Mireles for the capital murder of Emily Sander in Butler County, Kansas.
Nomination to the Tenth Circuit
On March 9, 2011, President Obama nominated Six to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, to fill the vacancy created by the decision by Judge Deanell Reece Tacha to take senior status. His nomination was opposed by his home state Senators. Because of that opposition, the Judiciary Committee chose not to take up his nomination. His nomination was returned to the President on December 17, 2011, pursuant to the rules of the Senate, and the President chose not to renominate him.
He is married to Betsy Brand Six, a Law Professor at the University of Kansas, and is a member of the United Church of Christ.
- Senate Record for December 17, 2011
- "Endorsements: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer". Kansas.com. Kansas.com.[dead link]
- "AG's Office Reports Record Collections For Consumer, Medicaid Fraud". KAKE.com. KAKE.com.
- http://www.ktka.com/news/local/story/Former-AG-Six-not-heading-to-federal-appeals-court/VHPdtaouGEiLTjLT_9J1ug.cspx Former AG Six not heading to federal appeals court[dead link]
- Senate Record for December 17, 2011
- law.ku.edu[dead link]
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