Patrick Morrisey was elected as the Attorney General for the State of West Virginia on November 6, 2012, and reelected to a second term Nov. 8, 2016. He was initially sworn in on January 14, 2013, becoming the first Republican to hold the office since 1933.
Morrisey has made fighting fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption a top priority of the Office. He instituted a new policy for hiring outside counsel that has dramatically increased transparency and saved the state more than $4 million. He has also returned more than $39 million in monies to the state and has brought in many millions more to state agency clients and consumers.
In late 2015, Attorney General Morrisey established a partnership with the Social Security Administration to fight disability fraud. That program has saved more than $14.3 million since its inception in West Virginia.
In addition, Morrisey has been one of the most active Attorneys General in the country fighting federal overreach before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts on a number of issues, ranging from protecting the Second Amendment to defending state jobs and our valuable energy resources. In February 2016, a Morrisey-led coalition won a historic and unprecedented stay of former President Obama’s Clean Power Plan at the U.S. Supreme Court.
During his tenure in office, Morrisey also has transformed the Office to aggressively fight the state’s substance abuse epidemic. That includes development of best practices for prescribers and dispensers, a first-of-its-kind initiative in West Virginia endorsed by a broad array of state and national stakeholders.
Morrisey secured a $160 million Internet settlement in December 2015, which marked the largest, independently negotiated consumer protection settlement in West Virginia’s history.
In practice since 1992, Morrisey worked on many high profile health care matters in private practice prior to serving as Attorney General, and possesses a broad array of experience on regulatory issues, Medicare, Medicaid, policy, fraud and abuse investigations, legislative matters, strategic counseling, and legal and policy challenges to federal statutes and regulations.
Between 1999 to 2004, Morrisey served as the Deputy Staff Director and Chief Health Care Counsel to the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, helping draft and negotiate major legislation, including the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Act of 2002. Morrisey served as the principal liaison for the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on health care issues to the White House, the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and others.
Morrisey graduated with honors from Rutgers College in 1989 earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science. He received a juris doctor from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1992.
A product of a working-class family, Morrisey is married and has a college-aged stepdaughter. His father was a World War II veteran and his mother was a registered nurse with the Veterans Administration.