|Name||Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon|
Hillsboro, Missouri , United States
|| February 13, 1956
Sep 23, 2018 10:28pm
Caucasian - Married - Methodist -
|Info||Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon |
State Senator, 1986-1992
U.S. Senate nominee, 1988 & 1998
Attorney General, 1992-PRESENT
Jay Nixon is serving his fourth term as Attorney General of Missouri. Nixon was first elected Attorney General on Nov. 3, 1992, on a platform of fighting crime, cleaning up government corruption, and protecting consumers and the environment. Nixon is Missouri’s 40th Attorney General.
As Attorney General, Nixon serves as the state’s chief legal officer, working with law enforcement daily to fight crime and prosecute criminals. He has been a leader nationally in criminal law and victims’ rights issues and successfully worked for the reform of Missouri juvenile laws to protect society and to instill more accountability in the juvenile justice system.
One of the most popular and successful programs instituted by Attorney General Nixon has been the state’s No Call program. More than 3 million Missourians are a part of the No Call list, which reduces unwanted telemarketing calls. Nixon also has recovered more than $1 million from telemarketers who violated the No Call law. The Missouri No Call program has been held up as a model for other states starting their own programs.
Nixon’s landmark victory in the U.S. Supreme Court in Nixon v. Shrink reinstated Missouri’s campaign contribution limits and cleared the way nationally for campaign finance reform. In two other cases of significance, Nixon’s work in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Health Midwest cases have resulted in the formation of the state’s two largest health-care foundations, which will use more than $1.5 billion to help provide health-care services to underserved populations of the state. Litigation by Nixon against tobacco companies for illegally marketing cigarettes to young people resulted in the largest settlement in the history of the state.
Nixon has been a national leader in fighting crime on the Internet, obtaining convictions and restitution from those who have defrauded Missourians through Internet scams and establishing through court rulings that Missouri laws can be enforced on the Internet.
As Attorney General, Nixon obtained more than $20 million for Missourians in 2003 from companies and individuals accused of fraudulent activities, including a record $2.8 million returned to consumers by the Consumer Protection Division through out-of-court mediation. Nixon’s actions to protect the elderly have put telemarketers in prison and fraudulent sweepstakes companies out of business.
As Attorney General, Nixon created the Environmental Protection Division to enforce Missouri’s environmental laws. Successful litigation by the division has resulted in the cleanup of polluted sites and millions of dollars awarded to the state. Nixon also has led the fight to protect the state’s interests in the management of the Missouri River as well as to preserve some of the state’s most valuable natural resources, such as Church Mountain and the waterways of the White River basin.
Nixon’s aggressive actions in the Attorney General’s Office have earned him national recognition. Barrister magazine named him one of the 20 outstanding young lawyers in the nation, and the Missouri Jaycees selected him one of Ten Outstanding Young Missourians.
Prior to becoming Attorney General, Nixon served as a state senator for six years where he was recognized by the Conservation Federation of Missouri for his environmental work.
Attorney General Nixon is a native of De Soto, Mo. He earned his political science and law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 and 1981, respectively. He was in private practice when he was elected to the Senate in 1986. He is married to Georganne Wheeler Nixon; they have two children, Jeremiah and Will.