Brian E. Frosh is working to ensure fairness, equality and justice for all Marylanders as the state’s 46th Attorney General.
Fulfilling a pledge to serve as the people’s lawyer, Brian is focused on keeping communities safe, on limiting environmental damage by polluters, and on protecting Maryland consumers from fraud and predatory business practices.
Under Brian’s leadership, Maryland became the first state in the nation to issue guidance prohibiting discriminatory profiling by law-enforcement. The Attorney General’s guidance declares definitively that race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and religion cannot be factors in routine police activity.
Brian is focused on safeguarding vulnerable populations, including nursing home residents, people with disabilities, victims of lead-paint poisoning, low wage earners and members of minority groups who can be subjects of abuse. He is investigating and prosecuting wrongdoing at all levels involving these and other groups.
He is working to promote economic justice by challenging the marketing and debt-collection practices of banks, credit card companies, for-profit colleges and other businesses that prey on working-class families. He has shut down sham charities, obtained relief for thousands of Marylanders who had been subjected to wrongful credit card collection practices by a major bank, and wiped out the debt of more than 1,000 students at an online university which used deceptive marketing practices.
Under the Attorney General, Maryland has cemented its environmental leadership position by taking part in a national fight to control greenhouse gases from power plants, joining with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Continuing the Office’s long tradition as an advocate for civil rights, the Office of the Attorney General authored an important analysis on the state of marriage equality across the country that was prominently cited in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
Brian has worked for greater public safety in a variety of ways, from effective joint prosecutions of dangerous criminals to strengthening Maryland’s heroin trafficking efforts by expanding the range of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Heroin Task Force. In a first-of-its-kind effort, he has linked local prosecutors across the state through an initiative that leverages resources in the Office of the Attorney General to tackle complex multi-jurisdictional and multi-defendant cases in organized crime, crimes of exploitation, environmental degradation and fraud and corruption.
As the chief legal officer for the State of Maryland, Brian provides thoughtful counsel to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government in all legal matters.
Prior to his current office, he served in the Maryland General Assembly for 28 years, including 12 as chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, where he led the effort to pass gun safety legislation that has been called some of the toughest and most effective in the nation. He also increased protections for victims of domestic violence and expanded the state’s DNA database to help police catch criminals.
As one of the leading environmentalists in Maryland, he authored a ban on drilling for oil and gas in the Chesapeake Bay as well as the Maryland Recycling Act, and fought to hold utility companies accountable for poor service and unreasonable rate hikes.
Brian has received awards from the Sierra Club, American Lung Association, Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. He was recognized by the Daily Record in 2010 with the Leadership in Law Award and was honored by his Senate peers with the First Citizen Award, presented to Marylanders who have been dedicated and effective participants in the process of making government work for the benefit of all.
Raised in Montgomery County, Brian graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. Prior to being elected Attorney General, he had been an attorney in private practice since 1976. He lives in Somerset with his wife Marcy Masters Frosh. They have two daughters.