Lisa Murray Madigan

Former Senator from the 17th District at Illinois State Senate

Lisa Murray Madigan

Lisa Murray Madigan

Former Senator from the 17th District at Illinois State Senate


Lisa Madigan was elected to a fourth term as Illinois attorney general in November 2014. She is the senior most female attorney general in the country and the longest serving attorney general in Illinois history.

Recognized for her leadership and integrity, Lisa Madigan has brought a high level of activism to the Office of Attorney General. From her first days in office, she has demonstrated principled leadership, putting policy before politics and focusing her work as the state’s top legal advocate on protecting the people and communities of Illinois. Under Madigan’s direction, her office has collected over $11 billion for the state.

Madigan’s Consumer Protection Division has established a national reputation for aggressively safeguarding consumers from financial fraud and discriminatory lending in mortgage, student, and payday lending. Attorney General Madigan was a lead negotiator in the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement with the nation’s largest banks, and stemming from those efforts, Madigan delivered over $2.85 billion in relief for Illinois homeowners, communities, and pension funds.

The attorney general’s efforts to protect women, children and seniors has also garnered national attention. She has advocated for stronger laws to protect women and children from sexual violence, and she ushered a bill through the Illinois legislature that made the state the first in the country to mandate testing sexual assault evidence kits. The attorney general also leads a statewide task force to investigate online child exploitation, and she has championed tougher sanctions against sexual predators. Madigan also has increased protections for nursing home residents, including a bill that allows cameras and monitoring devices in residents’ rooms.

Madigan created the first-ever Public Access Counselor and strengthened the state’s sunshine laws, and in her continued efforts to crack down on public corruption and government misconduct, Madigan created a Public Integrity Unit to investigate fraud, waste and abuse.

Attorney General Madigan has successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. She regularly testifies before Congress on mortgage and student lending, data breaches and data security, the national rape kit testing backlog, and consumer issues including, telephone bill cramming, unsafe children’s products, and natural gas pricing. The U.S. State Department appointed her to serve on the U.S. delegation before the United Nations Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review to discuss state-level human rights issues.

Before her election as attorney general, Madigan served in the Illinois Senate and worked as a litigator for a Chicago law firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a teacher and community advocate, developing after-school programs to help kids stay away from drugs and gangs. Madigan also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa during apartheid.

Madigan earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She and her husband, Pat Byrnes, have two daughters.

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Speaker at Illinois House of Representatives

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Attorney General at Illinois Office of the Attorney General

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Former Senator from the 25th District at Illinois State Senate

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Former Senator from the 17th District at Illinois State Senate
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The Illinois House of Representatives is the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Illinois. The body was created by the first Illinois Constitution adopted in 1818. The House consists of 118 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for two-year terms with no limits; redistricted every 10 years, based on the 2010 U.S. census each representative represents approximately 108,734 people. The state legislature has the power to make laws and impeach judges. Lawmakers must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the district in which they serve for at least two years.

Bachelor's Degree
Class of 1988

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.


Loyola University Chicago School of Law is the law school of the Loyola University Chicago, in Illinois. Established in 1909, by the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic order of the Jesuits, the School of Law is located in downtown Chicago, within walking distance of the Water Tower (only surviving downtown building of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire), the John Hancock Center (one of the tallest buildings in the United States), Holy Name Cathedral and the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue. Loyola University Chicago School of Law offers degrees and combined degree programs, including the S.J.D., the equivalent of the Doctorate Degree in Law. Loyola University Chicago and its Water Tower campus also holds art exhibitions and other cultural events.


The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG’s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping attorneys general respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues.

Career History
Attorney General
2003 - 2019
Senator from the 17th District
1999 - 2003
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