Attorney General of Maryland
|Maryland Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2014 FY Budget:||$26,873,559|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Maryland Constitution, Article 5, Section 1|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 Campaign finance
- 9 State budget
- 10 Compensation
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 References
Article 5, Section 1:
|There shall be an Attorney-General elected by the qualified voters of the State, on general ticket, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November...|
Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Maryland State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:
- "No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General, who is not a citizen of this State, and a qualified voter therein, and has not resided and practiced Law in this State for at least ten years." (Maryland Constitution, Article V § 4)
Maryland elects attorney generals in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Maryland, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 are all attorney general election years.
- See also: Maryland Attorney General election, 2014
|Attorney General of Maryland, 2014|
|Libertarian||Leo Wayne Dymowski||3.4%||57,069|
|Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.|
In case of vacancy in the office of Attorney General, occasioned by death, resignation, removal from the State, or from office, or other disqualification, the Governor shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the residue of the term.
The attorney general has general charge, supervision and direction of the legal business of the state. He or she is the legal advisor and representative of the governor, the General Assembly, the Judiciary, and the major departments, various boards, commissions, officials and institutions of state government. The office further represents the state in all cases pending in the Appellate Courts of the state, and in the United States Supreme Court and lower Federal Courts.
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The Attorney General of Maryland is responsible for prosecuting criminal violations of Maryland's campaign finance laws. All civil violations are prosecuted by the local prosecuting attorney. If someone feels a person or committee violated Maryland's campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the Maryland State Board of Elections. It is up to the Commissioner of the State Board of Elections to investigate the complaint before referring it to the Attorney General or the local prosecuting attorney.
- See also: Maryland state budget and finances
The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $26,873,559.
The salaries of the secretary of state and attorney general of Maryland are decided upon by the Governor’s Salary Commission, a seven-member commission created by a 1976 amendment in Section 21A of the Maryland Constitution. The commission includes three members appointed by the President of the Senate, and three members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Appointees serve a four-year term.
Although the Maryland Constitution states that the commission is only responsible for making recommendations for the governor and lieutenant governor, the current, and previous governor’s of Maryland have requested the commission recommend compensation amounts for the constitutional offices of Secretary of State and Attorney General. 
|(c) The Attorney General shall receive for his services the annual salary as the General Assembly from time to time may prescribe by law, but he may not receive any fees, perquisites or rewards whatever, in addition to his salary, for the performance of any official duty.|
In 2013, the Maryland Attorney General's salary remained at $125,000.
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Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-743-0023
- Contacted Maryland Attorney General's and Secretary of State's Office on 1-5-2010 to confirm this information
- 2013 Laws of Maryland, "Chapter 423, Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2014)," 7-9," accessed June 27, 2013
- Report of the Governor’s Salary Commission, "Governor’s Salary Commission," January, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 25, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 24, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed August 13, 2011
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