Governor Kitzhaber Press Release
John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

June 6, 2012

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Governor Kitzhaber Appoints Ellen Rosenblum to Fill Attorney General Vacancy 

(Salem, OR) —  Governor Kitzhaber today announced that he intends to appoint Ellen Rosenblum to fill the vacancy left by outgoing Attorney General John Kroger.

Rosenblum will be sworn in as Oregon’s first female Attorney General on Friday June 29, 2012.

“This is a historic moment. Throughout her career, Ellen has been an advocate for the people of Oregon,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “She brings over three decades of legal experience as a lawyer, trial judge and appellate judge and is ready to get to work on day one.”

Rosenblum earned her law degree from the University of Oregon and began practicing law in 1975 at a small firm in Eugene. In 1980, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, and in 1989 was appointed to the Multnomah County District Court and later joined the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Rosenblum served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals from 2005 to 2011, presiding over thousands of cases impacting Oregon citizens and businesses. Throughout her career, Rosenblum has been a strong advocate for access to justice and diversity.  She has managed and presided over thousands of criminal and civil cases. Her areas of emphasis have included trial and appellate advocacy, business and consumer litigation, administrative law, criminal constitutional law, as well as family law, including juvenile delinquency and dependency cases.

Rosenblum was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Attorney General in the May Primary Election. She will fill the remainder of the outgoing Attorney General's term.