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Attorney General Rob McKenna

“How many more children will be exploited for profit on Backpage.com before this company changes its policies?”

Rob McKenna is serving his second term as Washington's 17th Attorney General. As the state's chief legal officer, he directs more than 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, the Governor and Legislature.

McKenna received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies, both with honors, from the University of Washington. McKenna was student body president at the U.W. and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has been an attorney since 1988, beginning his career in the Bellevue office of Perkins Coie, one of the nation's top 50 law firms, where he practiced business and regulatory law from 1988 to 1996. In 1995, McKenna was elected to the Metropolitan King County Council. He was re-elected twice without opposition and was twice rated "Outstanding" by the Municipal League.

Throughout his public life,  McKenna has devoted himself to numerous projects and initiatives to better the lives of others for the benefit of all.

Since he first took office in 2005, Rob McKenna has been active in the National Association of Attorneys General.
A national leader, McKenna is 2011-12 President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He won the 2011 NAAG Kelley-Wyman Award for his dedication and leadership in NAAG.

As the President of the organization, he has launched a Presidential Initiative entitled Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking. The initiative seeks to end human trafficking, a modern form of slavery, by cooperation between the states and with the federal government through four pillars:

- Making the case against human trafficking
- Holding traffickers accountable for their actions
- Mobilizing communities to care for victims, and
- Promoting public awareness and issue advocacy

Mr. McKenna has been instrumental rallying the Attorneys General of every state the country to address the issue of human trafficking and in particular the problem of sex-trafficking which has become a national problem due to the ease with which sex-traffickers can place ads on sites like Backpage.com while the owners profit to the tune of $31 million a year from these prostitution ads.

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