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Nessel, Dana (D)

Attorney General
Office: 525 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. Box 30212, Lansing MI 48909
Term: First

BB - Binsfeld Building,  BT - Boji Tower,  CB - Capitol Building,  HOB - House Office Building 


Dana Nessel was elected Attorney General in 2018 after she defeated former House Speaker Tom LEONARD in the general election. 


She is a former Assistant Prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutors Office.  While there, she was assigned to handle a number of the most difficult cases the county faced. She worked with the Child & Family Abuse Bureau, Police Conduct Review Team, and Auto Theft Unit.

After leaving the county, Nessel oepned her own legal firm where she worked to defend the rights of indigent defendants, as well as work on civil rights cases.

In 2010, she spearheaded the DeBoer v. Snyder case which challenged state bans on adoption and marriage for same-sex couples in Michigan. 


She graduated from the University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts) and Wayne State University (Juris Doctor).


She resides in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna MAGUIRE, and her twin sons, Alex and Zach. 


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Additional Information

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Michigan Leader In Charter Schools Receiving Fed Grants That Didn't Open (12-10-2019)

Gagliardi: State May Work With Manufacturers To Rebalance Liquor System (12-09-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (12-05-2019)

Former Judge Enters Plea To Perjury (12-03-2019)

Gov Wants Healthy MI Work Requirements To Take A Break (12-02-2019)

AG To Dismiss Sex-With-Minor Charges Due To Former State Attorney Conduct (11-25-2019)

AG Nessel Offers Friendly Game Wager To Ohio Counterpart (11-25-2019)

What Does MI Get From Trying To Protect California's Clean Car Standards? (11-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-21-2019)

Priest Sentenced To Jail For Assault; 2nd Priest Enters Plea Deal (11-20-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-19-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-19-2019)

Priorities Files 3rd Suit Challenging Michigan Election Laws (11-15-2019)

AG Unveils Plan To Crack Down On Illegal Robocalls (11-15-2019)

Judge Dismisses Nearly All Claims In Flint Water Civil Suit (11-15-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-15-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-14-2019)

Nessel Wants Feds To Drop 30-Day Asylum Seeker Work Permit Check (11-13-2019)

3 States Back Nessel's Suit Against Enbridge; Both Sides Trade Briefs (11-13-2019)

Suit Challenges Michigan's Restrictions On Helping Voters (11-13-2019)

Settlement Calls For Dow Chemical Co. To Restore Natural Resources In 3 Counties (11-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (11-08-2019)

AG Calls 'Refusal Of Care' Rules Nullification A 'Victory' (11-07-2019)

AG On Appearance Before Supremes: 'It Was Fun' (11-06-2019)

Groups: Straits Waves Taller Than 3 Feet? Shut Down Line 5 (11-06-2019)

Feds Issue Proposed Grant Rule Change For Faith-Based Adoption Agencies (11-05-2019)

AG Files Intent To Appeal Enbridge Ruling (11-05-2019)

Michigan Joins 'Off The Charts' Amount Of AG-Led Multi-State Suits (11-04-2019)

Exonerated Detroit Man Sues State (11-01-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-31-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-31-2019)

The Age Is Officially Raised To '18' (10-31-2019)

AG: Smoking Gun in MSU Emails? (10-31-2019)

Ex-DEQ Staffer's Criminal Charges Inch Closer To Dismissal (10-30-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-30-2019)

Gov-Backed Bills Undo 'All' Abortion Restrictions In MI (10-29-2019)

Ex-MSU President Moves Toward Trial On Nassar-Related Charges (10-28-2019)

MSU Trustee Resigns Over Board's Handling Of Nassar Review (10-28-2019)

Gov Raises $459K, Nessel & Benson Combine For $26K (10-25-2019)

State Seeks Direct Appeal To Supremes On Vaping Ban Decision (10-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-23-2019)

Federal Judge Denies AG's Request To Pause Same-Sex Adoption Action (10-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-22-2019)

Great Lakes States Among Those Fighting Air Rules Change (10-18-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-17-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-15-2019)

Ex-Corrections Officer Settles Suit Against MDOC (10-11-2019)

AG Asks Court To Put On Hold Ruling In Same-Sex Adoption Case (10-11-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-11-2019)

Raise The Age Moves Out Of Senate Panel With Counties' Support (10-10-2019)

Nessel Gives Detailed Expungement Bill Critique In Person (10-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-04-2019)

Nessel Meets LaFave In Person And This Happened (10-03-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (10-02-2019)

Ad Board Shuffles $625M In State Funds; Rolls Up AG, MDE Budgets (10-01-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-30-2019)

Judge: 15% Cap, Check-Box Requirements In PA 608 Unconstitutional (09-27-2019)

Department Directors: Shutdown Averted (09-27-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-27-2019)

Miller's Opinion Could Be Big Factor In MI-10 (09-26-2019)

Judge Halts Same-Sex Adoption Settlement (09-26-2019)

Judge Allows 15% Petition Requirement To Remain Unconstitutional (09-25-2019)

Company Says Cafes' Games Are Exceptions To Gambling Act (09-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-25-2019)

AG Urges Protections For Nursing Home Facility Residents (09-19-2019)

Bottle Drive Backs Billboard Pressing Nessel To Solve 36-Year-Old Case (09-18-2019)

Judge Could Decide If 15% Petition Requirement Lives Within 10 Days (09-17-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-17-2019)

AG: Ukrainian Hackers Influence On '18 AG Race 'Ridiculous Assertion' (09-13-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-12-2019)

Analysis: '70 More Pneumonia Deaths' Possibly Undiagnosed Legionnaires Cases (09-11-2019)

New Tool For Law Enforcement To Aid In Identifying Vulnerable Adult Abuse (09-10-2019)

Nessel, 49 Other Attorneys General Open Antitrust Investigation Of Google (09-09-2019)

Nessel Takes Unprecedented Step To Intervene In Guardianship Case (09-09-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-06-2019)

Gov Orders All Flavored Vaping Products Off Shelves (09-04-2019)

MSP Director Staying Away from Gun Control (08-30-2019)

AG Joins Colleagues In Fight For Student Borrowers (08-30-2019)

AG Joins In Letter Urging Labor Department To Strengthen Protections for Apprentices (08-29-2019)

Nessel Calls Out Sellers Of 'Me Too' Sexual Assault Kits (08-29-2019)

Democrats Unveil Package To Crack Down On Payroll Fraud (08-29-2019)

Courser Pleads No Contest To Misdemeanor Charge (08-28-2019)

AG's Office Relieves Four Public Administrators Of Their Appointments (08-23-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-23-2019)

Republican Party Sues Benson To Stop Redistricting Commission (08-22-2019)

Priest Accused Of Wrapping Teen Boy In Plastic And Holding Him Against His Will (08-22-2019)

Fair MI Advisory Board Includes Hoadley, Moss, Rossman-McKinney, Czuba (08-22-2019)

Gov Convenes State Agency Task Force Aimed At Opioids (08-21-2019)

What Has Nessel Done This Summer? (08-19-2019)

Tlaib: Israel's Decision To Ban Her, Omar Is 'Sign Of Weakness' (08-15-2019)

AG OKs $1.3M In Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation For Ionia Co. Man (08-15-2019)

Legislature Calls Out Nessel In Enbridge Tunnel Suit (08-15-2019)

Nessel Joins Suit Challenging 'Public Charge' Rule (08-14-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-13-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-09-2019)

Whitmer: Great Lakes Governors Can Influence Presidential Contest (08-09-2019)

Dashboard Or Letter Grades For Schools? By September, State Will Have Both (08-08-2019)

Bits and Tidbits (08-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-07-2019)

AG Powers Up Request To PSC For Automatic Outage Credits (07-26-2019)

Does Nessel’s Opinion Really Force Enbridge’s Hand? (04-01-2019)

Does Nessel’s Opinion Really Force Enbridge’s Hand? (04-01-2019)

Nessel: Line 5 Tunnel Law Unconstitutional; Gov Halts State Action On It (03-28-2019)

Bits and Tidbits (03-28-2019)

AG's Office Asks MSU To Disinvite Engler From Basketball Games (03-27-2019)

Nessel Won't Opine On Paid Sick Leave For Now (03-26-2019)

AG Won't Get Every MSU Document Judge Says (03-25-2019)

Catholic Agencies Days In State Foster Care Likely Nearing End (03-25-2019)

AG Announces Creation Of Elder Abuse Task Force (03-25-2019)

State Won't Let Religious Adoption Agencies Say No To Same-Sex Couples (03-22-2019)

From Pot Regulator To Animal Euthanizer? (03-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-22-2019)

Engler Attorney Says Assistant AG 'Embracing Deadspin Tirade' About His Client (03-20-2019)

Nessel Upset With No-Show Engler (03-19-2019)

AG Joins Multi-State Coalition To Protect Consumers From Payday Lender Abuse (03-19-2019)

Former AG Cox Gives A Shout-Out To AG Nessel's I-Gaming Lawsuit (03-15-2019)

Michigan Walks Out On Waters Of U.S. Lawsuit (03-15-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-14-2019)

Cash Bail Reform Package Unlocked (03-13-2019)

New Data Breach Bill Moves Amid Latest Ransomware Attack (03-13-2019)

Appeals Court Clears Way For Ohio To Defund Groups That Provide Abortions (03-12-2019)

Casino Owner Becomes Central Figure In I-Gaming Debate (03-11-2019)

Judge Upholds Line 5 Authority But Strikes Down Board's Term (03-11-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-11-2019)

Nessel Launches Hate Crimes Unit (03-08-2019)

Solicitor General 'Not Comfortable' With Flint Plea Deals (03-07-2019)

Nessel Lawsuit, Rendon Resolution Bring Accusations They Are 'Political Stunts' (03-05-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-05-2019)

Michigan AG Joins Coalition Opposing Title X 'Gag Rule' (03-04-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (03-04-2019)

Flame Flickers Out On Medical Pot Board Under Gov's Order (03-01-2019)

AFLC Sues Michigan AG Over Policy Targeting 'Hate' Groups (02-28-2019)

AG Joins Two Federal Immigration Cases (02-28-2019)

Broke Fund For Wrongfully Convicted Would Get $10M Under Bill (02-28-2019)

Former State Employee Charged In $200K Medicaid Kickback Scheme (02-28-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-28-2019)

Sources Claim Schuette Oversight Panel Oversaw Flood Decisions (02-27-2019)

Nessel's Rosary Comments Draw Lawmakers' Comments (02-26-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-26-2019)

Just Minor Blips, Or Harbingers Of Future Headaches? (02-25-2019)

Report: 26,009 Individuals Claim Injury From Flint Water Crisis (02-25-2019)

Nessel Passing On Pot Charges For Some In AG Cases (02-25-2019)

Who's Still Hiring In The Whitmer Administration? (02-22-2019)

AG's Badge-Rosary Comment Sparks Criticism (02-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-22-2019)

AG Says Catholic Church Needs To Stop 'Self-Policing' (02-21-2019)

No 'Direct Impact' On Michigan's Budget From Trump Wall (02-21-2019)

Office Will Investigate Perles' Debt Forgiveness (02-21-2019)

Nessel: Schuette's Flood Move 'Bizarre' (02-21-2019)

McLellan: Legislature OK In Amending Proposals; Issue Taken To Supremes (02-20-2019)

Nessel, LARA Go After 2 MSU Trainers For Lying About Nassar (02-20-2019)

House, Senate Seek Supremes Decision On Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage (02-19-2019)

MDP Fundraises Off Nessel Joining Suit Over Trump's Wall (02-19-2019)

AG's Camp Calls Out Beckmann For Mentioning A Nessel Campaign Firing (02-15-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-15-2019)

Chang Seeks Nessel's Opinion On 'Adopt & Amend' (02-13-2019)

Nessel Signs Multi-State Letter Supporting FTC Identity Theft Rules (02-11-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (02-11-2019)

MSC To Consider SORA Cases; AG Weighs In (02-08-2019)

House Votes To Clip EGLE's Wings (02-06-2019)

Michigan Withdraws From 2 More Federal Cases (02-06-2019)

Nassar Survivor Speaks At Simon's 1st Prelim Exam (02-05-2019)

AG Withdraws State From 4 More Federal Cases (02-04-2019)

Pink and Blue Sounded Nice But Did Greenbacks Call the Tune? (02-04-2019)

Nessel Says No To Undoing Unionized Franchise Worker Decision (02-04-2019)

Convention Bits: Tlaib Pushes Trump Impeachment (02-02-2019)

Whitmer: FOIA Extensions To Be Exception, Not Rule (02-01-2019)

Nessel To Review Schuette's Sexual Orientation Opinion (02-01-2019)

Whitmer Enjoys Good Early Numbers (01-30-2019)

AG's Office: Opinion On Line 5 Tunnel Law Expected By March (01-28-2019)

Courts Grants Stay In Suit Targeting Same-Sex Adoption Refusals (01-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (01-25-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (01-24-2019)

Supremes Hear DOC Employees' Arguments Over Job Reclassification (01-23-2019)

Benson Wants Nessel's Opinion On Lame Duck Petition Drive Changes (01-22-2019)

AG Withdraws Michigan From Clean Air Act Legal Battles (01-22-2019)

Former Macomb County Judge Miller Dies (01-18-2019)

USA's First Muslim Arab-American Solicitor General Will Oversee Flint Cases (01-15-2019)

Knezek: Unfinished Bribery Business (01-14-2019)

Knezek Landing Job With Nessel (01-11-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (01-11-2019)

Former L.G. Cherry Says Bipartisanship A 'Myth' (01-10-2019)

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Is First Horse Out Of The Gate (01-09-2019)

Whitmer Signs Directive Banning Salary History Question (01-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (01-08-2019)

Michigan Joins Massachusetts To Challenge ACA Contraception Rules (01-07-2019)

Whitmer's Non-Discrimination Directive Covers State Services (01-07-2019)

This Stuff Is Inevitable, Right? Wrong? Maybe? (01-07-2019)

AG Wants New Prosecutor On Flint Water Crisis Criminal Cases (01-04-2019)

MDE Concerned A-F Law May Violate Federal Law (01-04-2019)