Dustin McDaniel is the 55th Attorney General of Arkansas. He was first elected in November 2006 and re-elected to a second term in November 2010.
He was sworn in to his second, four-year term in January 2011.
McDaniel, 41, is a lifelong Arkansan who was raised in Jonesboro and attended public school there. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
Before entering law school, he was a uniformed patrol officer with the Jonesboro Police Department. Upon graduation, he practiced law at his family’s law practice, McDaniel and Wells, in Jonesboro, before being elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2004.
Dustin is married to Bobbi McDaniel and has one daughter, Emma Grace, and two stepchildren, CJ and Alex Fowler. He is an avid hunter and private pilot. He lives in Little Rock and owns a farm in Craighead County.
McDaniel is one of the longest-serving attorneys general in Arkansas history. He is active in the National Association of Attorneys General, where he has served as co-chairman of the Tobacco Committee and chairman of that association’s Southern Region. He is a past co-chairman of the Democratic Association of Attorneys General.
During his tenure, McDaniel:
- Recovered more than $10 million for individual consumers through the mediation efforts of his Consumer Protection Division.
- Effectively ended the payday lending industry in Arkansas, closing 265 store-front and online payday lending operations. His office has resolved more than 2,200 payday lending complaints and has been awarded more than $7 million through litigation on behalf of consumers.
- Brought an end to the long-running Lake View public school funding litigation by engaging school districts and advising the legislature, education officials and the Governor’s office.
- Created the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit, dedicated to finding, capturing, and prosecuting those who wish to exploit and harm our children via the Internet.
- Obtained a $1.2 billion judgment against pharmaceutical companies Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals for violations of the Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. A Pulaski County jury found the companies in violation of those laws after a 2012 trial.
- Joined 49 states and the federal government in February 2012 in a landmark $26 billion settlement with the nation’s five largest banks over allegations of fraud and abuse within the mortgage servicing industry. Effort netted nearly $40 million for Arkansas consumers.
- Secured the state’s largest-ever settlement with a pharmaceutical company -- $18.5 million to settle allegations that pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly made improper marketing claims about Zyprexa.
- Launched the "Got Your Back, Arkansas" initiative and GotYourBackArkansas.org in March 2012 to equip Arkansans with the information they need to navigate the consumer marketplace and avoid scams and fraud.
- Created the state’s Leads on Labs program, an online tool that helps law enforcement officers fight methamphetamine abuse by tracking pseudoephedrine purchases.
- Was the first Arkansas Attorney General to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in nearly 16 years, successfully arguing the State’s position in the case, Blueford v. Arkansas.
- Built bipartisan coalitions in the Arkansas General Assembly to enhance penalties for harmful synthetic substances such as K-2 and to bring some transparency to the home foreclosure process in Arkansas.