Courtesy of the Idaho Statesman
“Lawrence drives his staff crazy with his open door policy. He would rather talk to an individual about concerns than hold a press conference.” Tracey Wasden
Lawrence Wasden is Idaho's 32nd Attorney General. He was elected to a fourth term on November 4, 2014, and is Idaho's longest-serving Attorney General.
Attorney General Wasden, a 25-year veteran of the Office of the Attorney General, previously served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, Deputy Chief of Staff and as a Deputy Attorney General representing the Idaho State Tax Commission.
He also served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Canyon County, Idaho, and as Prosecuting Attorney for Owyhee County, Idaho.
Attorney General Wasden was twice Chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and is chair of thye NAAG Mission Foundation Board of Directors.
In 2007, he was selected by the Aspen Institute for a fellowship program honoring public leaders as "the true rising stars" of American politics. Also in 2007, he received "The People First!" Award from the Idaho Newspaper Foundation for his work with Idahoans for Openness in Government, educating local government officials, the media and the public regarding Idaho's Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law.
He was honored by Idaho State University's Political Science Honor Society, Pi Alpha Sigma, as "Statesman of the Year" in April of 2008. In June of 2009, he was presented the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance Leadership Award for his continued support of victims' rights and efforts to reduce domestic violence. NAAG awarded General Wasden with their association's highest honor -- the Kelley-Wyman Award -- given to the attorney general who has done the most to achieve the objectives of the association.
In July of 2010, CWAG honored Attorney General Lawrence Wasden with their Courage in Public Service Award. This award was created to recognize an Attorney General who has acted with courage and integrity to uphold their office. In recognition of Attorney General Wasden's advocacy for Idaho's children and families, Idaho Voices for Children named him the "2011 Children's Champion." His efforts to protect Idaho children from sexual abuse by creating the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the ProtecTeens Internet Safety Program, along with his assistance to domestic violence victims through creation of the Idaho Hope Card program was recognized by the Idaho Sex Offender Watch Task Force with the 2013 Frank Steunenberg Award for Outstanding Leadership.
He served as Co-Chair of the NAAG Tobacco Committee from July 2004 through June of 2006. He served as Chairman of the American Legacy Foundation from 2011 to April 2014. The landmark national tobacco settlement created the American Legacy Foundation to reduce youth tobacco smoking and prevent smoking-related disease in the United States.
Attorney General Wasden obtained his J.D. from the University of Idaho and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1985. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brigham Young University in 1982.
Attorney General Wasden is a founding member, and past chairman, of the Government and Public Lawyers Section of the Idaho State Bar. He has also erved a three-year term on the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council.
Lawrence and Tracey Wasden were married in 1980. They live in Nampa, Idaho, and are proud parents of four children: son Sean and daughter-in-law Chelsie; daughter Ashley and son-in-law Curtis Crafton; daughter Cassidy and son-in-law Nickolas Hicks; and, son Blake and daughter-in-law Camille.
Lawrence and Tracey are also proud grandparents of Carter, Cai, Marshall and Macy Crafton. Taylor and Stilson Wasden, Amelia and Todd Hicks and Sunni and Tucker Wasden.