Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

Washington Attorney General

The Attorney General, the state's chief legal officer, has a broad array of responsibilities unique and necessary to the operations of state government. The Attorney General serves as legal counsel to the Governor, members of the legislature, state officials, and more than 230 state agencies, boards and commissions, colleges and universities. The prosecuting attorneys of the 39 counties can request legal advice. The office also represents the various administrative agencies and schools in court or administrative hearings. The Office of the Attorney General enforces consumer protection statutes and serves the public directly by providing information on consumer rights and fraudulent business practices.

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Candidate picture

    Bob Ferguson

  • Matt Larkin

Biographical Information

How has your experience prepared you for this position?

What do you see as the most serious consumer issues facing Washington?

What might your office do to address these issues?

How does handling internet security issues impact your office?

What issues need to be dealt with regarding fraudulent business practices in Washington?

To what extent will your office investigate and prosecute environmental crimes?

What role should your office have in addressing civil unrest in the state?

Party Preference Democratic Party
Experience (Max 500 characters) In 2003, I ran successfully for the King County Council by defeating a 20-year incumbent of my own party by 500 votes. In 2012, I was elected as Attorney General where I have served for the past eight years. In 2016, I received 67% of the vote for reelection.
Campaign Phone (206) 588-5705
Campaign Email
Town where you live Seattle
Twitter @bobfergusonag
During my eight years as Attorney General, I have gained invaluable experience in defending the people of Washington. An independent leader, I run the state’s largest law office. I am committed to taking on powerful interests that don’t play by the rules.
At any given time, Washingtonians are facing serious threats from scammers and unfair and deceptive practices. That is why I tripled the size of my Consumer Protection Division. We now have one of the largest, and best, Consumer Protection Division in the country. I have taken more consumer protection cases to trial than all former attorneys general -- and we have not lost a case.

Since being elected, my office has recovered more than $500 million for Washingtonians -- including more than $170 million in direct checks to reimburse Washingtonians for money they lost to scams and deception.
My office responded to more than 1,200 price gouging complaints related to the pandemic. In response, we sent investigators to visit more than 400 businesses and issued dozens of cease and desist letters. I have committed to proposing price gouging legislation during the next session.

I partner with AARP to combat fraud, cybercrime, and scams targeting Washington seniors.

I have investigated and civilly prosecuted individuals and businesses for advertising false cures, treatments, and therapeutics related to COVID in an effort to take advantage of fear.

We are combating hidden fees that cheat Washington families out of hard-earned dollars. I launched an Honest Fees Initiative to hold accountable those that insert hidden fees into the bills of Washingtonians. We have already recovered millions in ill-gotten fees.

We took Comcast to trial and won the state’s largest consumer protection trial penalty in Washington state history.
We worked with the Governor’s Office to keep CARES Act stimulus funds from being garnished by debt collectors. We continue to confront illegal debt collection practices and illegal robocallers.

Our office is the leader in combating data breaches. We led one of the largest data breach cases in the country, and I have successfully passed two bills strengthening our data breach laws. We now have the toughest data breach laws in the country. We are leading on other high-tech data privacy cases as well.

My office is keeping Washingtonians in their homes by enforcing the Governor’s eviction moratorium. We have responded to more than 2,000 complaints and filed a successful enforcement action. We are actively enforcing the Foreclosure Fairness Act and protecting Washingtonians from unlawful foreclosure.
See above
When I ran for Attorney General I pledged to create an environmental crimes division. I kept my promise. We now have an Environmental Protection Division that protects clean and water by enforcing our criminal and civil environmental laws.

My Environmental Protection Division’s work has led to over 30 criminal convictions and $5 million in criminal fines. This includes the first prosecution of Washington’s Animal Trafficking Act, which the People adopted by initiative.

We took Monsanto, a powerful company, to court -- and won. Monsanto will pay $95 million for damage to our waterways and fish habitat due to PCB pollution.

I will continue to prioritize this work to protect our communities from environmental damages and crimes. Big Polluters need to know they face more than a slap on the wrist for endangering Washingtonians’ health and safety and threatening clean water and clear air.
Although the state Attorney General does not manage or oversee police officers, sheriffs, or police departments, I am committed to finding solutions to address this important issue. I am deeply troubled by the events of the last few months, including the senseless violence against the Black community. The recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor ignited movements across the country. However, racism has always been a plague on our communities and institutions - we need to do better. I am committed to ensuring that government institutions are accountable to all communities. On July 1st, my office published a plan to the Legislature that, if enacted, ensures the collection and reporting of deadly force used by law enforcement officers. I will work with the Legislature to ensure this is passed into law. I recognize that there is much more work ahead of us. I will continue to work with civic leaders and community members to keep our communities safe.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.