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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Executive Staff Appointments

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce appointments to his executive staff.  Dean F. Stensberg, who serves as Director of Public Affairs and Policy, will assume additional responsibilities as Executive Assistant to the Attorney General.  Daniel P. Lennington, who has served as an Assistant Attorney General, has been appointed Assistant Deputy Attorney General.


As Executive Assistant in the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Stensberg will handle special assignments and interactions with other government agencies, and will oversee the communications office.  He will continue to serve as Director of Public Affairs and Policy, supervising legislative affairs and scheduling, and addressing constituent relation matters.


Mr. Stensberg began his career in state service as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin Assembly. He joined former Governor Tommy G. Thompson's Executive Office staff in 1988, serving as Special Assistant to the Governor until his appointment as Executive Assistant at the Department of Corrections, where he also served in other positions.  Mr. Stensberg started at the Department of Justice in January 2007.


“Dean has served with me at the Department of Justice since shortly after I took office,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “He has shown a tremendous commitment to public service and importantly, to public safety.  With extensive experience in legislative matters and at the Department of Corrections, Dean’s knowledge is an invaluable asset to the Department of Justice.”  


As Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Lennington will serve as a legal policy advisor to Attorney General Van Hollen and Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John.  Mr. Lennington will provide senior legal counsel on significant matters where the Department of Justice represents the state, state agencies, or state officials.  In addition, Mr. Lennington will support the implementation of Department of Justice initiatives and provide legal counsel and policy advice relating to Department of Justice operations.  Mr. Lennington also will continue to serve as the Privacy Officer for the Wisconsin Statewide Information Center, the state’s fusion center. 


Prior to his executive staff appointment, Mr. Lennington served as an Assistant Attorney General in the State Programs, Administration and Revenue Unit of the Division of Legal Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, where he specialized in constitutional law and public records law.  Mr. Lennington began at the Department of Justice in July 2012.  He started his legal career in private practice in Michigan before serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Unit of the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office and later, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma.  Mr. Lennington has extensive criminal law and civil law experience.


“Dan has proven to be an exceptional and versatile attorney who offers this office extensive experience at both the state and federal levels,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “He has handled some of the most significant litigation facing the State of Wisconsin, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.” 


Mr. Stensberg’s and Mr. Lennington’s appointments are effective today.