Patrick J. Morrisey

Patrick J. Morrisey

Patrick J. Morrisey


Patrick Morrisey was elected as the attorney general for the state of West Virginia on Nov. 6, 2012, and reelected to a second term Nov. 8, 2016. He was initially sworn into office on Jan. 14, 2013.

Patrick Morrisey is the first Republican to serve as attorney general in West Virginia since 1933, and as a resident of Harpers Ferry, Morrisey is also the first attorney general from Jefferson County in the state's history.

Since becoming attorney general, Morrisey has made fighting fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption a top priority of the Office. Shortly after taking office, he instituted a new policy for hiring outside counsel that has dramatically increased transparency and saved the state more than $4 million. He has also returned approximately $36.25 million in monies to the state and has brought in many millions more to state agency clients and consumers.

In late 2015, Attorney General Morrisey established a partnership with the Social Security Administration to fight disability fraud. That program saved $1.4 million in its first nine months.

In 2014, Attorney General Morrisey called on the West Virginia Legislature to do thorough audits and performance reviews of all state agencies to help detect any abuse of taxpayer dollars. Morrisey has been a staunch advocate of fundamental reforms to reshape our state’s economic climate and help West Virginia reach its potential.

In addition, Morrisey has been one of the most active Attorneys General in the country fighting federal overreach by filing lawsuits and submitting amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts on a number of issues, ranging from protecting the Second Amendment to defending state jobs and our valuable energy resources. Morrisey is spearheading the 27 State litigation against the President’s Clean Power Plan, one of the most illegal and unprecedented regulations in our country’s history. In February 2016, the Morrisey-led coalition won a historic and unprecedented stay of the Power Plan at the U.S. Supreme Court.

During his tenure in office, Morrisey also has transformed the Office to aggressively fight the state’s substance abuse epidemic. That includes development of best practices for prescribers and dispensers, a first-of-its-kind initiative in West Virginia endorsed by a broad array of state and national stakeholders.

Morrisey secured a $160 million Internet settlement in December 2015, which marked the largest, independently negotiated consumer protection settlement in West Virginia’s history. He also strengthened the Office’s Consumer Protection Division, enabling it to vigorously enforce the state’s laws and proactively educate citizens about scams and ways to â??protect their identities.

In practice since 1992, Morrisey worked on many high profile health care matters in private practice prior to serving as attorney general, and possesses a broad array of experience on regulatory issues, Medicare, Medicaid, policy, fraud and abuse investigations, legislative matters, strategic counseling, and legal and policy challenges to federal statutes and regulations.

Between 1999 to 2004, Morrisey served as the deputy staff director and chief health care counsel to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, helping draft and negotiate major legislation, including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Act of 2002. Morrisey served as the principal liaison for the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on health care issues to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Morrisey graduated with honors from Rutgers College in 1989 earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science. He received a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1992.

A product of a working-class family, Morrisey is married and has a college-age stepdaughter. His father was a World War II veteran and his mother was a registered nurse with the Veterans Administration.

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Harpers Ferry, WV

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Former Assistant Attorney General at West Virginia Office of the Attorney General

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Representative from the 51st District at West Virginia House of Delegates (United States)

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Former Intern, Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division at West Virginia Office of the Attorney General

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Legal Strategic Advisor at Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies LLC

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Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

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Former Attorney General at Iowa Office of the Attorney General

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Attorney General at Idaho Office of the Attorney General

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Executive Vice President at Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation

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Executive Director, Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at The Aspen Institute, Inc.

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Attorney General at Oregon Office of the Attorney General

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Juris Doctor
Class of 1992

Rutgers School of Law–Newark is the oldest of the three law schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It is located at the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice, at 123 Washington Street, in downtown Newark. Founded in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School, it merged with the University of Newark in 1936, which itself merged with Rutgers University, one of the most recognized public universities in the world, and the eighth oldest college in the country. The Law School celebrated its centennial on September 9, 2008. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association, a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and registered with the Board of Regents of the State of New York. It submits annual ABA-required disclosures. According to its 2013 disclosure, 82.2% of the Class of 2013 had long-term employment nine months after graduation; 55.9% of that class were employed in full-time, long-term, J.D.-required positions at that time. The law school's alumni include two currently sitting United States Senators.

Bachelor of Arts in History with High Honors & Political Science with Honors
Class of 1989

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live. Founded in 1766, Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate; postdoctoral fellowships to residencies; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement.


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
2013 - Current
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