Stephanie Ostrowski Nov. 7, 2012, 5:22am

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon will keep its current attorney general, as voters on Tuesday picked Ellen Rosenblum to stay on the job.

Rosenblum easily defeated Republican James Buchal, according to Oregon Live. Rosenblum, 61, served on the bench for 23 years and spent the last seven years on the Oregon Court of Appeals.

In May's primary election, Rosenblum took 65 percent of the vote and defeated former U.S. Attorney Dwight Holten. She was then appointed to fill the attorney general position after John Kroger, whom she endorsed, resigned to become president of Reed College.

Originally, Kroger announced to the public he would not be seeking reelection "due to a significant but not life threatening medical condition," according to Oregon Live.

Rosenblum took office on June 29.

Facing long odds, Buchal won the GOP nomination after no one else filed for office on a write-in vote. At 53 years old, he has earned degrees from Harvard and Yale and currently works as a Portland attorney.

Having worked for a prestigious New York law firm after law school, he later moved to Portland and became involved in the Columbia River fish run litigation. Buchal found dams weren't destroying fish runs and hundreds of millions of dollars were spent unnecessarily in mitigation costs.

Buchal was denied the Republican nomination three times for a legislative seat in Molalla.

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