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Nessel, Dana (D)

Attorney General
Office: 525 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. Box 30212, Lansing MI 48909
Term: First
Website: www.michigan.gov/ag

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


POLITICAL CAREER

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

WORK EXPERIENCE

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. 

EDUCATION

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

PERSONAL

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

LEAD STAFF PERSON:

Kelly Keenan

Additional Information


Judge Isn’t Dismissing Suit Against Nessel’s Hate Group Policy (01-17-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-17-2020)

Did Republicans Hitch Their Wagon To Political Loser With Anti-ACA Stance? (01-16-2020)

Appeals Court Won't Pause Line 5 Tunnel; Nessel Continues To Challenge PA 359 (01-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-16-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-15-2020)

DuPont, 3M, Other Producers Face Billions In Liability As Suits Pour In (01-14-2020)

Report: County Jails Holding Too Many People (01-14-2020)

Wolverine Still Must Release Documents (01-14-2020)

Are PFAS Makers Next In Line For State Lawsuits? (01-13-2020)

LaFave Demands Firing Former Appellate Division Chief (01-10-2020)

Self-Described Pundit Sues Nessel Over FOIA Denial (01-09-2020)

Jail Task Force OK's Final Recommendations; AG Only Member To Abstain (01-09-2020)

Elliott Larsen Proposal Designed To Protect Religious Freedom, Glenn Not Convinced (01-08-2020)

Bits And Tidbits (01-07-2020)

AG Nessel Restructures After A Year On The Job (01-02-2020)

Green Ooze A Reason For Polluter Pay, Gov Says (12-30-2019)

Nessel: More Charges To Come In Clergy Sex Abuse Investigation (12-27-2019)

MIRS' Most Quotable Goes To State's Governor For First Time Since '15 (12-27-2019)

Quote Of The Year And Other Noteworthy Comments From 2019 (12-27-2019)

Nessel Clarifies: MSU Investigation At Impasse, Not Suspended (12-26-2019)

Online Petition Calls On Lawmakers To 'Reform Child Sexual Abuse Laws' (12-26-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (12-26-2019)

Judge Lowers Signature Requirement For Independent Candidates -- Temporarily (12-23-2019)

Nessel: Clergy Abuse Investigation Will Eclipse Nassar/MSU Case (12-23-2019)

Nessel: Michiganders 'Absolutely Terrified' About ACA Being Repealed (12-19-2019)

Supremes Say No To Request Bypassing COA In Ballot Drives Suit (12-19-2019)

2 State Environmental Officials Now Off The Hook In Flint (12-18-2019)

AG: Michigan Sues Major Opioid Distributors As Drug Dealers (12-17-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (12-11-2019)

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)

Bits And Tidbits (09-17-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-17-2019)

Courser Gets 12 Months Probation, Possible 45 Days In Jail (09-16-2019)

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)

Assistant AG Quits After 'Intimate Relationship' With Rape Complainant (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)

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

Bits And Tidbits (09-06-2019)

Aggregates Association Accused Of Throwing Mud At Gravel Pit Opponents (09-06-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-06-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (09-06-2019)

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

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

Dems Propose UIA Benefit Hike, 'Making Whole' Those Falsely Accused (09-03-2019)

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)

Bits And Tidbits (08-26-2019)

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)

Bits And Tidbits (08-16-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (08-16-2019)

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 (08-12-2019)

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)

Bits And Tidbits (08-02-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-30-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-30-2019)

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

Bits And Tidbits (07-26-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-23-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-23-2019)

Whitmer Dodges Questions On Supporting Nessel's Line 5 Shutdown Suit (07-22-2019)

Michigan Leaders Condemn Trump's 'Go Back' Tweet (07-15-2019)

AG: Engineer Firms' 'Incompetence . . . Principal Cause' Of Flint Water Crisis (07-15-2019)

Progress Reported On Flint Civil Case Settlement (07-12-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-12-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-12-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-10-2019)

As Judges Hear ACA Arguments, Democrats Take Their Case To Public (07-09-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-09-2019)

What (Not Counting The No-Fault Deal) Is The Biggest Surprise of 2019 So Far? (07-08-2019)

Line 5 Bursting Keeps Nessel Up At Night (07-03-2019)

Nessel Feels As If The Clock Is Ticking (07-02-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (07-02-2019)

Schuette Remains Proud Of Flint Probe (06-28-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-27-2019)

Schuette: You Got Me On The Cost (06-26-2019)

Schuette To Explain Duty In Flint (06-25-2019)

Drug Price-Fixing Complaint Unsealed (06-25-2019)

Who Are The State Employees 'Critical' Enough For Up To A 20% Raise? (06-21-2019)

MSU Trustees Hire New Independent Firm For New Nassar Review (06-21-2019)

MSU Trustees Hire New Independent Firm For New Nassar Review (06-21-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-21-2019)

Whitmer Weighs Into 'Amend And Adopt' Legal Debate (06-19-2019)

Shirkey 'Confused' By Nessel's A.G. Opinion Diss (06-19-2019)

AG Reaches $15.3M Settlement for Former ITT Tech Students (06-19-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-19-2019)

What’s A Better Bet, Trump Impeachment Or More Flint Crisis Charges? (06-17-2019)

Strampel Guilty Of Misconduct; Acquitted On Sex-Assault Charge (06-12-2019)

House Budget Has DTMB Put Small Contracts Online (06-12-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-11-2019)

LaFave: Zero Out Nessel Budget (06-10-2019)

Nessel: Courts Should Recognize 'Fundamental Right' To Minimum Education (06-07-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-06-2019)

State Budget Done By July Realistic . . . Maybe (06-04-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-03-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (06-03-2019)

Supreme Court Commends AG Investigation After TV Report On Probate Judge (05-31-2019)

Nessel Pledges June Action On Line 5 If Gov Can't Reach Deal (05-29-2019)

Truscott Rossman Voted Most Effective PR Firm; Truscott Top PR Executive (05-29-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (05-29-2019)

AG Charges 5 Priests In Clergy-Sex Abuse Investigation (05-24-2019)

Nessel Finds 15% Signature Requirement Unconstitutional (05-22-2019)

Michigan Voters: Don't Impeach President (05-22-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (05-22-2019)

Nessel Announces $1.5M For Phillips (05-17-2019)

New Rule Has Ships Verifying No Anchors Are Dragging Through Straits (05-15-2019)

Has Stage Been Set For Dismissal Against 2 In Flint Water Crisis? (05-15-2019)

AG Would Need To Report To Legislature Before Suing Feds (05-14-2019)

AG Would Need To Report To Legislature Before Suing Feds (05-14-2019)

Nessel Calls No-Fault Bills 'Gift To Criminals' (05-10-2019)

Johnson: Pot Vote Doomed Leonard for A.G. (05-10-2019)

Picture Of Ballot Now Allowed In Michigan Voting Booths (05-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (05-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (05-08-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (05-07-2019)

Bits And Tidbits (05-07-2019)

'Weekend Warriors' Pour Over Documents In AG's Church-Abuse Investigation (05-06-2019)

Judge Says No To 6-Month Delay In Lyon Criminal Case (05-03-2019)

Attorneys For Ex-DHHS Director Question State's Request To Delay Criminal Case (04-30-2019)

Plurality View Enbridge Tunnel As Best Solution (04-29-2019)

Plurality View Enbridge Tunnel As Best Solution (04-29-2019)

Lucido: 'I Want To See More Hate Crime Data' (04-29-2019)

Delay Sought In Lyon Case After Evidence Found 'Languishing' In Basement (04-26-2019)

Nessel Joins Three Multi-State Comment Letters (04-26-2019)

Nessel's Office Blames Engineering Consultants For Crisis (04-23-2019)

Group Wants Domestic Assailants To Have Guns Taken Away (04-23-2019)

AG, Legislators Announce Unit Targeting Companies Who 'Cheat' Workers (04-22-2019)

Nessel: You're Going To Get Honesty From Me (04-22-2019)

AQ: Request To Disqualify Office In Flint Civil Cases 'Misses The Mark' (04-19-2019)

Three Branches Of Gov't Unite Criminal Justice Data Collection, Reform Effort (04-17-2019)

Nessel Won't Prosecute Abortion Cases As AG (04-16-2019)

MRG Shows Michigan Right Track-Wrong Track Number At 36%-47% (04-16-2019)

New Lawsuit Challenges Same-Sex Adoption Settlement (04-15-2019)

AG Restructuring Eliminates Crime Victims Advocate, 11 Other Positions (04-12-2019)

AG Joins Efforts To Protect Women's Reproductive Rights, Fight Border Wall Funding (04-09-2019)

Nessel Makes Promotions; Makes Staff Additions (04-08-2019)

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)