Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has taken on a higher national profile with his election as vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General.
Jepsen was elected to the position last week at a national meeting of the group in Michigan. If Jepsen, 59, is reelected this fall as Connecticut attorney general, he would automatically ascend to the presidency of the national organization. The National Association of Attorneys General often initiates and coordinates national litigation on consumer issues and other matters.
“I’m honored to take on this new role within NAAG,” Jepsen said in a prepared statement. “Attorneys general around the country truly demonstrate just how much can be accomplished by working together on a bipartisan basis on behalf of our states and our constituents. NAAG is an important component of our cooperative process as well as a resource of tremendous value for all attorneys general, and I’m very pleased to be able to take on a greater leadership position within the organization.”
Since being elected attorney general in 2010, Jepsen has played a key role in a number of major multi-state litigations. He and his staff have led the legal charge against Standard & Poors, accusing the investment rating service of inflating the ratings of mortgage-backed securities and other investment instruments during the economic crisis.
Jepsen’s office also has helped negotiate national settlements over improper mortgage foreclosures and price-fixing by e-book sellers. Additionally, Jepsen has been a national advocate in the area of privacy law. The Connecticut Attorney General’s Office was involved in a multistate, $7 million settlement agreement with Google, which had been accused of secretly collecting private data while mapping streets
Though the National Association of Attorneys General often operates in a bipartisan manner, there are splits within the group on several key issues, including gun control and the federal Affordable Care Act. Recently, 23 state AGs submitted an amicus brief challenging Connecticut’s gun reform law approved by the legislature in the wake of the Newtown school shootings. Jepsen’s office is defending the law in the case, now pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Jepsen told the CT Mirror public affairs website that as a leader of the NAAG, “you want to be respectful of differences of opinion. You want to create a culture where people can disagree with each other on some issues without destroying your capacity to work together in a collegial way on other issues.”