Drew Edmondson was elected Attorney General in 1994, and was re-elected in 1998, 2002 and 2006, winning more than 60 percent of the vote in his last two elections.
Edmondson served as the 2002 - 2003 President of the National Association of Attorneys General. In 1996, he filed suit against the tobacco industry resulting in a $2 billion settlement between the industry and Oklahoma. Edmondson was one of eight attorneys general asked to serve on the negotiating team for the states.
Under his leadership the attorney general’s office has helped reform the death penalty appeals process, established victims’ services and vigorously represented rate payers in telephone, gas and electric rate cases.
In 2005, Edmondson, on behalf of the State of Oklahoma, filed suit against more than a dozen poultry companies. The lawsuit, which was filed after years of negotiations, accuses the companies of creating runoff into the Illinois River Watershed as a result of their waste dumping practices.
Before his election as Attorney General, Edmondson was elected, unopposed, to three consecutive terms as Muskogee County District Attorney in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He served as president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and was selected as Outstanding District Attorney for the Stat e of Oklahoma in 1985 and the Outstanding Death Penalty Prosecutor in the 9th and 10th Circuits.
Edmondson served one term in the Oklahoma Legislature before entering the University of Tulsa School of Law in 1976. His undergraduate teaching degree is from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, which he attended after graduating from Muskogee Central High School.
Edmondson is a Navy veteran with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Presbyterian Church and the Democratic Party.
Drew's wife, Linda, is a medical social worker. They have two children: Mary is an attorney. She is married to attorney Mike Ross of Arlington, VA. Together, they have two children, Andrew Edmondson Ross and Catherine Kay Ross, who were both born in November 2008. Drew and Linda's son, Robert, is a college professor with a doctorate in cultural anthropology. He is married to Andrea Hamor Edmondson, a sexual violence prevention coordinator. Robert and Andrea live in Oklahoma City.