Governor To Pick Next Oregon Attorney General

Apr 25, 2012

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is weighing his options for what comes next, now that Attorney General John Kroger has announced he'll step down from the job. It's the first time in 20 years that a sitting Attorney General has left the job early.

Kroger hasn’t said when exactly he’ll leave to become president of Portland's Reed College, just that it would be this summer. Kroger had already announced he wouldn't seek a second term, citing an unspecified medical condition.

Fellow Democrat, Governor John Kitzhaber, gets the task of choosing someone to replace Kroger for the roughly six months remaining on his term at that point. The Governor hasn't given any indication yet who he'll choose. One option would be to pick whichever candidate wins the Democratic primary next month: Dwight Holton or Ellen Rosenblum. There are no Republicans in the race.

The last Oregon Attorney General to leave the job early was Dave Frohnmayer in 1992. He also took a job in academia. Frohnmayer still practices law and ironically, he's one of the attorneys involved in a lawsuit against John Kroger over whether the Attorney General properly handled a public records request at the Oregon Department of Energy.

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