George Jepsen is the 24th Attorney General of Connecticut. He assumed office on January 5, 2011, succeeding now-US Senator Richard Blumenthal. Throughout his career, he has been a fierce advocate for consumers, women, the LGBT community, the environment, and access to affordable healthcare.
Early Life and Education
Jepsen was born in Hattiesburg, MS, on November 23, 1954, to Chuck and Rita Jepsen. In 1955, the family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, where Jepsen attended public schools. In 1976 he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. He then enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he earned his JD in 1982 concurrently with a Master’s degree in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Jepsen began his legal career as general counsel to the Carpenters Local 210 trade union; he later went into private practice, where he focused on corporate transactions and civil and appellate litigation.
After several years in the legal profession, Jepsen was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly as a state representative for the 148th District (representing part of Stamford) from 1988 to 1990, and as a State Senator for the 27th District (representing Stamford and Darien) from 1991-2003. While there, he built a strong legislative record of advocating for consumers, civil rights, the environment, domestic violence victims, public safety, and a fair and competitive business climate.
During his time as Majority Leader of the Connecticut Senate, Jepsen fought to preserve Connecticut’s natural resources. He co-authored the Open Space Trust Fund, an initiative that funded the purchase of open space, spearheaded legislation that encouraged large corporations to convert unused land into open space,. and helped create incentives for companies to dedicate resources and capital to the cleanup and re-development of contaminated properties.
Jepsen also helped pass landmark legislation banning the sale, possession, or transportation of assault weapons within the state, and mandating the installment of trigger locks on any new handgun sold after October 1999.
As Connecticut’s Attorney General, Jepsen’s top priorities have included reducing healthcare costs by increasing transparency, boosting competition, and deterring healthcare fraud. He created a Privacy and Data Security Department, which centralized the state’s efforts to protect citizens’ personal information and simplified the procedure for businesses reporting data breaches. Jepsen has also consolidated two pre-existing departments to create a unified Antitrust and Government Program Fraud department, and has aggressively pursued antitrust, environmental, health care, and consumer protection issues.
Jepsen has led several notable multi-state cases, including directing a 20-state litigation effort against financial rating agency Standard & Poor’s for allegedly misleading investors with its ratings of structured securities, such as the mortgage-backed securities which helped precipitate the 2008 recession.
Jepsen resides in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Diana Sousa, and their two sons, Christian and William. He enjoys world travel and is conversational in Chinese, French and Spanish. His other interests include cooking international cuisines and reading histories and biographies.