Rob McKenna

Washington State Attorney General, President of the National Association of Attorneys General

Rob McKenna is serving his second term as Washington’s 17th Attorney General.  As the state’s chief legal officer, he directs more than 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, the Governor and Legislature.  He has won all three of the cases he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, defending voter-adopted laws on campaign finance reform, the top-two primary election system and the state public records law.


McKenna is president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and will step up to become president in June 2011.  He has served in a number of leadership roles, including:

  • Vice-President (2009-2010)
  • Executive Committee (2005-06, 2008-present)
  • Intellectual Property Committee Co-chair (2009-2010)
  • Mission Foundation, Board of Directors & Investment Committee (2009-present)
  • Financial Practices Committee Co-Chair (2005-06)

General McKenna’s ongoing priorities are:

  • Making communities safer by leading the state in fighting meth and prescription drug abuse, gang violence, sexual predators and domestic violence
  • Protecting consumers and businesses from identity theft, internet predators, fraud and high-tech crimes, such as cyber fraud, phishing and spyware
  • Promoting integrity in government by defending the state’s laws, implementing new performance management initiatives in his office and encouraging open access to government

He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies, both with honors, from the University of Washington, where he was student body president and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

He, his wife Marilyn and their four children reside in Bellevue.