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Attorney General of Maryland

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Maryland Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $26,873,559
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Maryland Constitution, Article 5, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Name:  Brian Frosh
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2015
Compensation:  $125,000
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of Maryland is the chief legal officer of the State of Maryland in the United States and is elected by the people every four years with no term limits. To run for the office a person must be a citizen of and qualified voter in Maryland and must have resided and practiced law in the state for at least 10 years.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Brian Frosh (D). He first won election in 2014, replacing Doug Gansler (D).


The office of the Attorney General is established by Article 5, Section 1 of the Maryland Constitution.

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 state government organizational chart

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Frosh 55.8% 935,846
     Republican Jeffrey Pritzker 40.7% 682,265
     Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski 3.4% 57,069
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 2,089
Total Votes 1,677,269
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.


The state Constitution addresses vacancies in the office of attorney general in Article V, Section 5.

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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Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Maryland ballot measures

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.[1]

State budget

See also: Maryland state budget and finances

The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $26,873,559.[2]


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.[3]

Maryland Constitution, Article V Section 3C

(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 2014, the attorney general earned a salary of $125,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the Maryland Attorney General's salary remained at $125,000.[5]


In 2010, the Maryland Attorney General was paid an estimated $125,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-576-6300
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-743-0023

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