Doug Gansler cares deeply about Maryland. He grew up in Maryland, his children have grown up in Maryland, and for 22 years, first as an Assistant United States Attorney, then as Montgomery County State’s Attorney, and now as Attorney General, he has protected Maryland seniors, children, and families.
As a prosecutor, as Attorney General, and as President of the National Association of Attorneys General, he has worked to put the law on the side of people. 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, fair crime-fighting programs. He also established the first domestic violence dockets, the first Gang Unit, and the first Elder Abuse Unit. He hired the first Asian American prosecutors, dramatically increased the number of African American and Latino prosecutors, and hired and promoted women to the most senior leadership positions. He also distinguished himself as a strong and steady hand as he led Maryland through one of it darkest and most challenging hours, the rampage of the beltway snipers.
Doug has a record of doing things that matter and getting things done. As Attorney General, he has worked with the people of Maryland to accomplish some great things: marriage equality, the Dream Act, securing 1.5 billion dollars in foreclosure relief from the national banks to keep Maryland families in their homes, and returning over 2 billion dollars to Maryland consumers. On the environment, his passion, he won the largest enforcement victories in Maryland history against polluters threatening our Bay. He brought a chicken litter to energy plant to Maryland, which when built will provide our farmers with an additional source of income and keep that litter out of the Bay. On public safety, he won major victories in the U.S. Supreme Court that preserved our ability to use confessions and DNA evidence to hold violent criminals accountable, and he made significant strides against cybercrime and human trafficking on the Internet.
As Governor, he will lead Maryland with the same energetic, innovative problem solving that has defined his prior service and he will continue to protect the people of Maryland by delivering on his number one priority as Governor: doing what needs to be done to create jobs and build an economy that delivers for the middle class, and key to meeting that priority is ensuring ALL our children are getting the education they need to thrive in our economy.
Over the last seven years, Maryland has seen annual billion dollar deficits, a departure of businesses and wealth to neighboring states, 40 consecutive tax increases, and the worst traffic congestion in the nation. Economic opportunity and growth and shared progress are becoming things of the past. Hardworking people feel nickeled and dimed, and entrepreneurs are not building here in Maryland. Doug will win back jobs and businesses, and he will do it by growing our tax base, not our taxes.
Doug believes that by growing our economy, we can meet the needs of people, fund our schools and stand for democratic values. And we can do it with transparency and accountability – auditing spending and giving people the information and tools they need to check up on government and keep us on track.
Doug believes our future depends on putting the needs of people first, it depends on being willing to question conventional thinking to get things done, it means being independent enough from the political machine and the establishment to focus on people. You choose to live and work in Maryland. Doug chose to bring his children up in the same state where he grew up. Why? Because we love Maryland, we take pride in Maryland, and in Maryland we don’t settle for the way things are. So he is asking you today to please join him in Building our Best Maryland.
Personal Bio: Doug Gansler, a Yale and UVA Law grad, met his wife of 22 years, Laura Leedy Gansler, in law school. Laura is a securities lawyer and noted author of such books as Class Action, which was made into the Oscar-nominated movie North Country starring Charlize Theron. An avid lacrosse player, who was all-Ivy while at Yale, Gansler has coached his two sons Sam (19) and Will (16) in a variety of sports.