Mike Hunter was elected as Oklahoma’s eighteenth attorney general on November 6, 2018, where he carried all 77 counties and received over 750,000 votes, representing the highest vote total by a candidate for attorney general in state history.
As attorney general, he has made the safety and security of all Oklahomans one of his top priorities.
Determined to end the state’s opioid overdose and addiction epidemic, he formed the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. The commission brought all stakeholders to the table and saw seven pieces of legislation become law in 2018. The new laws give more tools to law enforcement personnel, prevents the diversion of opioid prescriptions from flooding the market and holds distributors, manufacturers and businesses accountable through proper oversight.
Hunter has also filed a lawsuit on the nation’s leading opioid manufacturers for waging a more than decade-long fraudulent marketing campaign that has profited from the anguish of Oklahomans, who have become addicted or died because of the crisis. The trial date is set for May 2019 in Cleveland County in front of a jury of Oklahomans.
He is also prosecuting the minority within the minority of doctors who over prescribe, use their prescribing authority unlawfully or run pill mills.
Through the consumer protection unit, Hunter’s office has successfully prosecuted scam artists, shutting down their illicit enterprises. During his time in office, the consumer protection unit has returned over half a million dollars to victims through refunds or restitution.
At the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Hunter’s office represents rate payers and ensures Oklahomans aren’t paying more than what is necessary for utility services.
Last summer, the attorney general and his team secured a historic $64 million rate reduction settlement agreement for OG&E customers, resulting in lower utility bills. The settlement agreement represented the largest rate reduction ever for an Oklahoma energy utility.
In addition to his responsibilities in state, Attorney General Hunter actively works with other attorneys general from across the nation through NAAG on issues that cross state boarders and threaten industries vital to the state’s economy or the values and way of life of Oklahomans. He currently serves as the co-chair of the criminal law committee and as a member of the agriculture, veterans affairs and human trafficking committees.
Hunter received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. He is the first OSU alumni to serve as Oklahoma attorney general.
He grew up on a family farm in Garfield County, south of Enid, where he graduated from Pioneer High School.
He has been married to his wife Cheryl for 37 years. They have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law, Barrett, his wife Rachael and Brock.