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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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 law in order to be considered for the office of 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 attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For Maryland, 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 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 is chief legal officer of the Maryland state government, in charge of legal affairs pertaining to the state. He or she is the legal advisor and representative of the governor, the state legislature, the judiciary, and "virtually every agency in each of the three branches of State Government." In addition, the attorney general's office is responsible for representing the state in cases pending in state appellate courts, lower federal courts and the United States Supreme Court.
The office of the attorney general consists of several divisions, including:
- The Antitrust Division
- The Civil Litigation Division
- The Civil Rights Division
- The Consumer Protection Division
- The Courts and Judicial Affairs Correctional Litigation Division
- The Criminal Appeals Division
- The Criminal Investigations Division
- The Educational Affairs Division
- The Securities Division
- 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 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 the state treasurer, three members appointed by the President of the Maryland State Senate, and three members appointed by the Speaker of the Maryland 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 governors of Maryland have requested the commission also 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.|
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Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-743-0023
- Maryland Attorney General, "About the Office of the Maryland Attorney General," accessed April 17, 2015
- Maryland Attorney General, "About the AG," accessed April 16, 2015
- 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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