Attorney General
Candidates' Debate: Wednesday October 18, 7:00 p.m. MT/PT
Qualifications: 30 years of age, U.S. Citizen, admitted to the practice of law in Idaho, two year Idaho resident
Term of office: Four years
Salary: $95,160 in 2007, $98,015 in 2008, $100,955 in 2009, $103,984 in 2010
Duties: The Attorney General is Idaho's chief legal officer and is responsible for advising and representing all state officers and agencies in legal matters. The Attorney General issues official written opinions on important legal questions at the request of designated government officials. The Attorney General represents the State of Idaho in all federal and state courts, including all criminal appellate work. In addition to his legal duties, the Attorney General serves as a member of the State Board of Land Commissioners and the State Board of Examiners.
Bob Wallace
Bob Wallace
Lawrence Wasden
Lawrence Wasden
  • Born in 1950 in Burbank, California
  • Married to Elizabeth
  • Father of three
  • Education
  • J.D. University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1976
  • B.A.., Communication and Public Policy; University of California, Berkeley, 1973
  • Professional Experience
  • Private practice of law, Boise and Statewide, 1998-present
  • Assistant Boise City Attorney, 1979-1998
  • Private practice of law, Boise, 1979-1989
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Idaho, 1977-1979
  • Law Clerk to Hon. W.E. Smith, Ada County District Judge, 1976
  • Professional memberships
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1989-1998
  • Pro Bono and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committees, Idaho State Bar
  • Law Practice Management Section, Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Lifetime member
  • Federal Criminal Justice Act conflict panel, since 1981
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Secretary, Mayor’s Transit Advisory Committee, 1976-1986
  • Faculty, first “Peaceful Settlements” conference, 1985
  • President, Sounding Board, 1992
  • Kiwanian of the Year,' 1988
  • Born 1957 in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Married to Traci
  • Father of four
  • Education
  • J.D. University of Idaho, 1985
  • B.A. Political Science, Brigham Young University, 1982
  • Professional Experience
  • Idaho Attorney General, 2003-present
  • Chief of Staff: Idaho Attorney General 1996-2002
  • Deputy Chief of Staff: Idaho Attorney General 1995-1996
  • Deputy Attorney General assigned to the Idaho State Tax Commission, 1989-1995
  • Owyhee County Prosecuting Attorney, 1987-1989
  • Private Practice: Hamilton, Clark, and Michaelson, 1987-1989
  • Canyon County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1985-1987
  • Associations / Community Involvement
  • Idaho Republican Party:
       - Vice Chairman
       - Canyon County Chairman
       - Precinct Committeeman
       - Youth Chairman
       - State Committee Trainer
  • Former Chairman, Government and Public Lawyers Section, Idaho State Bar


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