Speaker Profile

Doug Gansler
Attorney General of Maryland / President, National Association of Attorneys General

Douglas F. Gansler was elected to a second term as the Attorney General of Maryland on November 2, 2010. In that election, he was the only statewide candidate in the nation to run unopposed in both the primary and general elections. He credits that enviable position, and the 1.3 million votes he received, to the fine work of the entire staff at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

Attorney General Gansler is President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and served as Chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) until accepting his post at the national organization.

Since taking office in 2006, Attorney General Gansler has focused on environmental, public safety, and consumer issues. He has distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from various forms of fraud, and safeguarding the public from gangs, violent crime, and the underbelly of the internet. This work includes the largest air quality settlement of its kind in the history of the United States, a Maryland history-making water pollution penalty, and the largest civil penalty ever levied for an oil spill in Maryland. Attorney General Gansler has recovered more than $1 billion for Marylanders fighting the fraud that destroyed the mortgage industry, has contributed to the rising cost of health care, and is undermining the financial well being of Marylanders. Additionally, Attorney General Gansler established the first-ever Attorney General Gang Prosecution Unit in Maryland. Attorney General Gansler also established a statewide internet safety initiative focused on school-aged children. Attorney General Gansler also has continued his long-standing commitment to civil rights, creating the first-ever Director of Civil Rights position in the Office of the Attorney General. For this work, as well as his successful efforts to increase diversity within his offices, Attorney General Gansler was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper’s Award.

Prior to becoming Maryland’s Attorney General, Douglas Gansler served for eight years as the chief prosecutor in the largest jurisdiction in Maryland. Under his leadership, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office was the first in the country to fully implement community-based prosecution, becoming a nationwide model for effective crime-fighting programs. Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Douglas Gansler served as an Assistant United States Attorney. In addition to his prosecutorial experience, Mr. Gansler practiced civil litigation. Mr. Gansler began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable John F. McAuliffe, Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated cum laude from Yale University. He is married to Laura Leedy Gansler and they have two sons, Sam and Will.