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Douglas F. Gansler
AG Gansler at his desk.jpg
Attorney General of Maryland
Former officeholder
In office
January 2007 - January 2015
PredecessorJ. Joseph Curran, Jr. (D)
Base salary$125,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,487,104
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
State's Attorney, Montgomery County
1998 – 2006
High schoolSidwell Friends School
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law
Date of birthOctober 30, 1962
Place of birthSummit, New Jersey
Office website
Campaign website
Douglas F. "Doug" Gansler (b. October 30, 1962) is the former Democratic Attorney General of Maryland. Gansler won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 12, 2006, and beat Republican Scott Rolle in the general election on November 7, 2006, with 61 percent.[1]

Gansler was re-elected to a second four-year term as attorney general on November 2, 2010. Gansler was the only statewide candidate in the country to run completely uncontested in the 2010 elections. He took 98.18 percent of the vote.[2][3]

Gansler's term expired in 2014 and, although he was eligible to run for re-election, rather than seeking a third term as attorney general he ran for election as Governor of Maryland. Gansler lost in the primary on June 24, 2014.[4][5]

Gansler served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2012-2013.[6]

As preparation for assuming the role of Maryland's chief prosecutor and law enforcement official in January 2007, Gansler served eight as State Attorney - that is, the chief law enforcement official - for Montgomery County, Maryland; Containing roughly one million residents, Montgomery County is the state's largest jurisdiction. In this position, Gansler handled several high-profile cases. Notably, his prosecution of cases such as Beltway Snipers John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo helped Gansler carve out a name for himself as a formidable figure in the state justice system.[7] A former Assistant United States Attorney, Gansler's legal background has been primarily in criminal prosecution. However, he has also worked as a civil litigator and associate for the law firms of Coburn & Schertler and Howrey & Simon, respectively.[8]

Gansler paid significant attention to consumer protection and cracking down on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay during his tenure. In addition, his NAAG bio cited his creation of a statewide internet safety initiative to target online nuisances, from child bullies to sex predators, which earned him a Champion of Online Safety Award, as a standout feature of his leadership.[8]


Shortly after graduating from law school, Gansler worked as a clerk for Judge John C. McAuliffe on the United States Court of Appeals. Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1989 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1990, he joined the private practice law firms of Coburn & Schertler and Howrey & Simon, remaining there for two years beginning in 1990. From 1992 to 1998, Gansler was an assistant to the United States Attorney General for the District of Maryland. A year later, he served as the State's Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, holding the state governmental position from 1999 to 2007.[9]

Additionally, Gansler has served in a number of other roles including:

  • Member, State's Attorneys' Coordination Council (1999-2007)
  • Vice-Chair, Governor's Task Force on Childproof Guns (1999 - present)
  • Member, Cease Fire Council (2000 - 2003)
  • Member, Task Force on Pedestrian Safety - Montgomery County (2000 - present)
  • Member, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council - Montgomery County (2004 - 2007)
  • Steering Committee, Bi-County Task Force on Gang Activity (2004 - present)
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
  • Member, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association
  • Member, Most Valuable Kids
  • Member, Teen Court
  • Member, Washington Regional Alcohol Program


  • Sidwell Friends School
  • Bachelor's degree - Yale University (cum laude)
  • Juris Doctorate degree - University of Virginia School of Law

Political career

Maryland Attorney General (2007-2015)

Gansler has served as Maryland's attorney general since 2006, having first won election in Nov. 2006. He was re-elected to a second term by Maryland voters on November 2, 2010.

Minimum wage increase

In the fall of 2013, Gansler joined many political leaders to push for an increase in the state minimum wage. Among the biggest supporters of mandatory higher pay is the new Delegate member John Delaney (D-6) who pledged to put his own personal funds behind a campaign to raise the minimum wage state-wide. On September 6, Gansler urged an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour. "Clearly the time has come to raise the minimum wage here in Maryland," Gansler said. "While the economy shows signs of recovery, too many working families are struggling."[10][11]

Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act

On March 11, 2013, Gansler, together with twelve other state attorneys general, sent a letter to Congress in support of the Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act, a bill which would ban for-profit colleges from using federal funds for marketing and recruiting techniques.[12] Sponsored by Senators Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the chamber's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the law aims to “ensure that scarce federal education dollars will be used to serve and educate students rather than to finance advertising campaigns, recruitment operations, and aggressive marketing.”[13] Consumer protection is one of the key duties assigned to the attorney general in each state.

According to the law's text, student enrollment at for-profit degree-issuing institutions such as the University of Phoenix more than doubled between 1998-2008, during which time the federal government--through student financial assistance programs--provided 86 percent of revenues to 15 reviewed publicly traded companies operating these for-profit colleges. A separate analysis of 15 such companies concluded that, on average, 28 percent of all expenditures were on advertising, marketing, and recruiting. Critics, including the attorneys general responsible for the letter advocating the bill's passage, contend that these expenditures are used to deceive consumers about program costs, graduation rates, or their employment potential beyond graduation. The bill seeks to restrict spending of this nature by higher education institutions or other postsecondary educational institution by prohibiting use of federal loans or grants in specific areas, and requiring that all such institutions whose revenues can be traced to federal educational assistance funds "report annually to the Secretary and to Congress the institution's expenditures on advertising, marketing, and recruiting."[12]

In the letter, the attorneys general urged, “Federal taxpayers should not be asked to foot the bill for aggressive recruiting and deceptive sales tactics of colleges that have placed profits ahead of ensuring student success.”[14] There are an estimated 3,000 for-profit schools nationwide, though neither the letter nor the bill cited the name of a specific institution.[15]


See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

The June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the liberal political organization, ACORN, gave Gansler an A letter grade. The report was published to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group.[16] The grade distributed to the individual attorneys general "generally broke down along party lines," with the exception of Louisiana's Buddy Caldwell.[17]

Same-sex marriage

On February 25, 2010, Gansler published the opinion that stated that "there is no law in Maryland that says we don't recognize out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples."[18] This, in effect, required state agencies to extend all benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy to married gay couples. At the same time, however, this ruling did not apply to private industries nor did it suggest that state law permits homosexuals to be wed there.


Photographed at high school party

In October 2013, one month after Gansler launched his 2014 campaign for governor, The Baltimore Sun published a photograph featuring the attorney general standing in the midst of a raucous high school party. The photo had been taken in June of that year at a high school graduation celebration, co-hosted and attended by Gansler's son, and found its way into the public domain via Instagram.[19] It captures a scene containing evidence of underage alcohol consumption, with Gansler standing passively among the shirtless partygoers. The Sun's accompanying written report evokes a permissive attitude unbecoming of a top law enforcement official. It reminds readers of the second term AG's pronouncements about wanting to reduce underage drinking, using the photo as a visual aid to reinforce the notion Gansler was neglecting his duties in not shutting down a party where, by his own acknowledgement, "For better or worse, the reality is some kids drink alcohol while they're there."[19] After the story broke, Gansler defended his lack of engagement as appropriate from a parental perspective, considering he and a group of other parents had established rules for the party in advance. Skirting a direct response to claims that his behavior was inappropriate from a law enforcement perspective, Gansler argued that it would have been outside his moral authority to stifle a relatively controlled demonstration of teenage debauchery, as depicted. One teenager who attended the Delaware beach house celebration that night told an interviewer from the Sun, "I don't remember much, but it was one of the best parties I've been to, hands down," simultaneously affirming Gansler's defense of his responsibilities as a parent within the situation and the critics' charges that Gansler actively ignored his responsibilities as an elected legal official.[20]

Before the Sun published the photo, Gansler's candidacy had already suffered a string of embarrassments, mostly courtesy of the Washington Post, which kicked off its Gansler-exposé series in August when it revealed previous comments Gansler had made about the campaign of his opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is the early frontrunner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. "I mean, right now, his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African American governor of Maryland,’" Gansler told some campaign volunteers, implying Brown was running on gimmick rather than substance.[21] It followed with a number of reports detailing Gansler's questionable handling of state-issued vehicles, including a piece saying he ordered state troopers to violate traffic laws.[22]

Impeachment attempt

As a result of Gansler's February 2010 legal opinion, in which he argued that state courts must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, an inquiry led by Republican State Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr. was made as to whether or not the Maryland House of Delegates had the authority to impeach the state's attorney general. Dwyer and his supporters argued that the line in Article III of the Maryland State Constitution, in which it states that "the House of Delegates shall have the sole power of impeachment in all cases," gives the state legislative body that power.[23] Others argued, however, that there is a conflict within the state constitution on this particular issue, pointing out another provision that says that the state attorney general "shall be subject to removal for incompetency, willful neglect of duty or misdemeanor in office, on conviction in a Court of Law."

Democratic House Speaker Michael Busch appointed a Democratic delegate as parliamentarian to interpret the rules for the House. In response, Dwyer filed an ethics complaint against Busch for not delegating the position to a staff member, as is done in other legislatures.[24] On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, the State House Judiciary Committee voted 15-5 opposing taking such action against Gansler, contending that his legal opinion "did not merit impeachment proceedings."[25]

Montgomery County State's Attorney (1998-2006)

In 1998, Gansler was elected State's Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, serving January 1999 to January 2007. While State's Attorney, he prosecuted several high-profile cases including the Beltway snipers, John Muhammad, and Lee Boyd Malvo.[26] Under his leadership as State’s Attorney, the office was the first in the nation to fully implement community prosecution.[27] Gansler also launched innovative and successful programs to fight gangs, punish criminals, and protect the public, including the first domestic violence dockets and first drug courts in the county, a first-in-the-state gang prosecution unit, the first Elder Abuse Task Force in Maryland to specifically target criminals preying on seniors, and the first Internet crime unit in the State.[28]

On one occasion during the eight years he served as State’s Attorney, the Maryland Court of Appeals sanctioned him for impermissible public statements about a possible confession and possible plea in a high-profile case involving the brutal beating and murder of a Maryland jogger.[29] He was the first elected State's Attorney to be sanctioned by the court.[30] Legal commentators noted at the time that the Court of Appeals’ controversial decision would have a chilling effect on public safety and the public’s right to know, and that the decision failed to account for prosecutors’ affirmative responsibility to report to the public on the prosecutions they carry out on its behalf.[31][32]



See also: Maryland gubernatorial election, 2014 and Maryland attorney general election, 2014

Gansler announced in June 2013 that he would not seek a third term as attorney general in order to pursue election to the open governor's seat in 2014. Gansler launched his gubernatorial campaign on September 24, 2013.[33] Democratic incumbent Martin O'Malley was termed-out in 2014, leaving the seat up for grabs. Gansler lost the primary election on June 24, 2014.[34][4][35] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary Election
Governor of Maryland, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony Brown/Ken Ulman 51.4% 249,398
Douglas Gansler/Jolene Ivey 24.2% 117,383
Heather Mizeur/Delman Coates 21.6% 104,721
Cindy Walsh/Mary Elizabeth Wingate-Pennacchia 1.4% 6,863
Charles Smith/Clarence Tucker 0.7% 3,507
Ralph Jaffe/Freda Jaffe 0.7% 3,221
Total Votes 485,093
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.


General election
All candidates

General election match-ups
Poll Anthony Brown (D) Larry Hogan (R)Shawn Quinn (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
OnMessage Inc.
(August 18-19, 2014)
Gonzales Research and Associates
(September 16-23, 2014)
Washington Post/University of Maryland
(October 2-5, 2014)
Gonzales Research & Marketing
(October 20-24, 2014)
AVERAGES 46.25% 41.75% 2.75% 9.25% +/-4.1 783
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Major-party candidates

General election: Brown v. Hogan
Poll Anthony Brown Larry HoganUndecided/OtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPA Research
(October 19-20, 2014)
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
WPA Research
(October 26-27, 2014)
AVERAGES 44% 41% 13.33% +/-4.6 696.67
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Primary and hypothetical match-ups

Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerHeather MizeurUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Brown-Ulman Internal Poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang
(September 11-15, 2013)
Gonzales Research/Marketing Strategies Poll
(October 1-14, 2013)
Baltimore Sun Poll
(February 8-12, 2014)
Washington Post Poll
(February 13-16, 2014)
The Maryland Poll
(April 10-13, 2014)
WPA Opinion Research
(May 6-7,2014)
AVERAGES 35.33% 17% 7.33% 39.5% +/-1.86 644.5
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Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerPeter FranchotKen UlmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
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Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerKen UlmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
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Primary trial heats for 2014 gubernatorial race
Poll Anthony Brown Doug GanslerNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Garin-Heart-Young Poll
(September 13-14, 2012)
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Hypothetical Match-up Brown vs. Hogan
Poll Anthony Brown Larry HoganNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
WPA Opinion Research
(May 6-7,2014)
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"For Us," March 5, 2014

"Trust," May 29, 2014

Race background

Democratic nomination

Incumbent Martin O'Malley (D) was prevented by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term in office.

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown officially launched his 2014 gubernatorial campaign on May 10, 2013. If he would have won, Brown would have been the first lieutenant governor (since the lieutenant governor's office was created in 1970) and first black candidate to be elected governor of Maryland.[36][37] O'Malley, with whom Brown shared winning tickets in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, supported Brown as his successor.[38] Brown's lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.[39] Immediately after formalizing their partnership for the 2014 campaign, the Brown-Ulman ticket received the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). A number of Cumming's congressional colleagues announced their support soon thereafter, as well as influential branches of SEIU, a major labor union.[40][41][42]

On July 17, 2013, another potentially history-making candidate entered the Democratic primary field to give Brown some competition: Maryland House Delegate Heather Mizeur.[43] Mizeur would have been the first female Governor of Maryland, as well as the country's first openly gay governor, if she had won the general election.[44] Current state attorney general Doug Gansler also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. On Oct. 14, 2013, Gansler selected Prince George County Delegate Jolene Ivey as his lieutenant gubernatorial running-mate. Keeping with the trailblazer theme established earlier by Brown and Mizeur to entice more progressive-leaning voters, the Gansler-Ivey ticket also carried the promise of setting an historical record, statewide and national. After joining Gansler's campaign, Ivey stated, "I am proud to be the first African-American woman to run for lieutenant governor, and when we win, to be the first Democratic African-American woman to be lieutenant governor in our nation's history."[45] Both Gansler and Mizeur lost in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

The Republican ticket of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford emerged from a field of four potential tickets after the June 24 primary. The winning ticket managed a 14-percent margin of victory over Harford County Executive David Craig and state Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. Hogan and Rutherford were both former appointees of former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R).[46]

Campaign issues

Change Maryland inquiry

Republican candidate Larry Hogan was the subject of a complaint to the Maryland State Board of Elections, related to potential assistance of the candidate by Change Maryland. The political communications group, which was created by Hogan in 2011, had been accused of conducting polls and providing resources during Hogan's exploration of a gubernatorial bid. The complaint was filed by David Craig and Ron George, who were defeated by Hogan in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014. The state board dismissed the complaint in July, determining that Hogan likely received assistance from Change Maryland but the board lacked oversight over candidates prior to official filings.[47]

The Maryland Democratic Party filed a new claim regarding Hogan's relationship with Change Maryland on July 24. This complaint alleged that the poll referenced in the earlier complaint cost $10,000, which represented an illegal in-kind contribution to Hogan. Hogan's campaign spokesman, Adam Dubitsky, countered that the Democratic complaint was an effort to distract from changing political fortunes for the party's candidate, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.[48]

Super PAC accusations

The Maryland State Board of Elections received a complaint from Hogan on September 4, alleging coordination between Brown's campaign and a political action committee (PAC) called "One State, One Future." Hogan's filing cited a conflict of interest for Brown consultant Colleen Martin-Lauer, who also consulted with the union-funded PAC. The complaint also pointed to Susan Smith-Bauk, a consultant to lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Ken Ulman who also worked with "One State, One Future." Hogan's campaign manager, Steve Crim, argued at the time of filing that both consultants could not avoid coordination between their different employers based on the nature of their work.[49]

The state board issued guidelines in January 2014 that prohibited communication between Super PACs, which could collect unlimited funds for the purpose of advocating a political position or candidates, and political campaigns. These guidelines prevent coordination over "advertising, messaging, strategy, polling, research, or allocation of resources." Hogan's complaint claimed that the Martin-Lauer example was a "blatant example of illegal coordination" because of overlapping interests in fundraising for the campaign and the Super PAC.[49]

Campaign finance

Hogan reported three times more cash on hand than Brown in the campaign finance reporting period ending on August 19, 2014. Hogan had $2.4 million in cash on hand, compared to $760,000 for the Brown campaign. The disparity was due to Hogan's commitment to a publicly financed campaign, which meant a single payment of $2.6 million from the state's dedicated campaign finance fund. Hogan could not raise additional money in the campaign, while Brown was capable of raising additional funds by not committing to public financing. Brown reported $1.5 million in contributions from June 9 through August 19.[50]

National figures in the race

As poll results between Brown and Hogan narrowed in October, national political figures toured the state to influence the outcome of the gubernatorial race. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Hillary Clinton made appearances supporting Brown's campaign. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared at three campaign events for Hogan through late October.[51]

Outside groups also spent lavishly on ads during the general election campaign. The Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association invested $1.5 million on TV ads through late October. Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA PAC committed $500,000 to criticize Hogan's endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA).[51]


See also: Maryland Attorney General election, 2010

Gansler won re-election as Maryland Attorney General unopposed in the November 2, 2010, general election. He was also unopposed in the primary.[52][53]

A little over three months after he delivered a legal opinion recognizing "out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples" in Maryland, Gansler made the social-political issue the highlight of his re-election campaign.[18] Unlike any other politician within the state, he was quite vocal in declaring that a "prohibition of gay marriage is a clear violation of equal protection."[54]

Maryland Attorney General, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Gansler Incumbent 98.2% 1,349,962
     Write-Ins Various 1.8% 25,033
Total Votes 1,374,995
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections


Gansler won election as Maryland Attorney General in 2006, defeating Republican Scott L. Rolle in the November general election.

Maryland Attorney General, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Gansler 61% 1,043,458
     Republican Scott L. Rolle 38.9% 665,433
     Write-Ins Various 0.1% 1,948
Total Votes 1,710,839
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections

Gansler defeated Stuart O. Simms in the Democratic primary.

Maryland Attorney General, Primary Election, 2006
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Gansler 55.7% 286,016
Stuart O. Simms 44.3% 227,699
Total Votes 513,715
Election Results via Maryland State Board of Elections.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gansler is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Gansler raised a total of $5,487,104 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[55]

Doug Gansler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Attorney General of Maryland Not up for election $1,252,031
2010 Attorney General of Maryland Won $1,819,963
2008 Attorney General of Maryland Not up for election $1,073,836
2006 Attorney General of Maryland Won $1,341,274
Grand Total Raised $5,487,104

2006 and 2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Doug Gansler's donors each year.[56] Click [show] for more information.


Gansler currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Laura, and their two sons - Sam and Will. He is also a practicing member of Judaism.[57]

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  • Champion of Children Award (2000) from Victims' Rights Foundation
  • Hero Award (2002) from Mothers' Against Drunk Driving
  • Internet Keep Safe Award (2007) from iKeepSafe
  • Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership (2009) from Aspen Institute
  • Champion of Online Safety Award (2009) from Stop Internet Predators
  • Innovator of the Year Award (2009) from Daily Record

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Joseph Curran
Maryland Attorney General
Succeeded by
Brian Frosh (D)