Members of the National Association of Attorneys General, comprised of the Attorneys General from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation’s territories, elected Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker president for 2006-2007, installing him at a ceremony in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last evening.
During his inaugural address, Attorney General Baker took aim at some of the most pressing issues facing our nation. He announced that he would lead the nation's Attorneys General in efforts to combat the methamphetamine epidemic affecting countless communities. Other efforts to be spearheaded by the nation's Attorneys General during Attorney General Baker's tenure will include a comprehensive approach to dealing with online sexual predators, as well as a renewed effort to combat identity theft and mortgage fraud.
Attorney General Baker, in announcing his initiative, challenged his fellow Attorneys General "to work across political and regional divides to address critical issues that will better the lives of the citizens of our respective states and territories.”
The National Association of Attorneys General was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their offices and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government.
The Association elects its officers – President, President-Elect, Vice-President and Immediate Past President – annually. The President appoints all standing and special committee chairs. Committees are charged with studying all substantive matters within their jurisdiction and recommending policy positions and other matters to the Attorneys General for action by the full Association.