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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. The attorney general is popularly elected by Maryland voters in federal midterm years and serves four-year terms without term limits. The attorney general is responsible for advising and representing Maryland government offices and officials as well as representing the state in pending cases in the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Democrat Brian Frosh. He first won election in 2014, replacing Doug Gansler (D).[2]


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 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 state government organizational chart

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
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 Maryland 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 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."[1] 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.[1]


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

State budget

See also: Maryland state budget and finances

The attorney general's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $26,873,559.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5]


In 2013, the attorney general earned a salary of $125,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2010, the attorney general earned a salary of $125,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

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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