Lisa Madigan was elected to a third term as Attorney General on November 2, 2010. She is the senior most female Attorney General in the country.
In her first two terms as Illinois’ chief legal officer, Madigan established a national reputation for aggressive efforts to protect consumers, safeguard communities and fight for open, honest government.
Madigan has made a priority of protecting consumers, especially seniors. As Attorney General, Madigan led the crackdown against the country’s largest predatory lenders, including a landmark $8.7 billion settlement against Countrywide, and served as a key proponent in the campaign for federal financial reform in the wake of the economic meltdown. Madigan also has launched a series of initiatives to protect consumers from identity theft and unsafe children’s products. She continues to focus her efforts on educating consumers about emerging scams, mediating consumer complaints, and filing lawsuits to stop fraudulent practices and recover losses on behalf of consumers.
Madigan has championed tougher sanctions against sexual predators and stronger laws to protect women and children from domestic violence, including legislation making Illinois the first state in the nation to mandate the testing of sexual assault evidence. The Attorney General also leads a statewide task force focused on investigating and prosecuting online child exploitation. She has proposed successful legislation to protect nursing home residents from abuse and created a groundbreaking initiative to visit nursing homes and ensure resident safety. In addition, Madigan has provided training to prosecutors and police to improve the response to methamphetamine production and use and worked successfully to curb access to this drug.
Madigan created the state’s first-ever Public Access Counselor and led the legislative effort to strengthen the state’s sunshine laws. In her continued efforts to crack down on public corruption and government misconduct, Madigan also created a Public Integrity Unit to investigate fraud, waste and abuse. Since 2003, the Attorney General’s office has collected more than $7 billion in revenue for the state.
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 J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She and her husband, Pat Byrnes, have two daughters.