Assumed Office: 2015
Brian Frosh was elected as Maryland’s 46th Attorney General in November 2014, and has been committed to serving as the “people’s lawyer” ever since, applying the law to improve lives and bring fairness, equality, and justice to all Marylanders.
He is focused on fostering community safety, limiting environmental damage, opposing deceptive and predatory business practices, and promoting transparency and openness in government.
Early Life and Education
Frosh was born on October 8, 1946 and raised in Montgomery County, MD. He graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and went on to earn his JD from the Columbia University School of Law.
Frosh first practiced law at a private firm, eventually becoming a partner at a civil litigation firm in Rockville, Maryland. In compliance with Maryland ethics laws, he is no longer a partner at the firm.
In 1986, Frosh was first elected to the Maryland General Assembly. He served as chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee beginning in 2003, and played a major role in shepherding landmark legislation on gun safety, increasing protections for victims of domestic violence, and expanding the state’s DNA database to help police catch criminals. Frosh compiled a distinguished record as a state lawmaker, authoring important legislation to protect Marylanders from gun violence and ensuring that all Marylanders have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.
Additionally, he has authored important environmental laws, including a ban on drilling for oil and gas in the Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland Recycling Act. He fought to hold utility companies accountable for poor service and unreasonable rate hikes, to make college affordable by keeping tuition low at Maryland’s public colleges and universities, and to protect Maryland families against the threat of foreclosure.
As Attorney General, Frosh has been able to use his position to proactively help consumers and deny special interests and big corporations the opportunity to prey on working people. He has stood up for young people and seniors, taking initiative to protect both vulnerable populations from fraud and abuse. He has worked to keep predators off social networking sites and protect children from online bullying. Frosh has led legislative efforts to allow seniors to refinance their mortgages, fund senior housing, protect seniors’ voting rights, and enable the Attorney General to prosecute identity theft.
As the state’s chief legal officer, Frosh is working hard to prevent crime on the streets and on the Internet. He has been a leader in getting assault weapons and other dangerous firearms taken out of circulation. He is also focused on expanding educational and economic opportunities, reducing gang activity, and supporting effective rehabilitation and prisoner reentry programs.
Brian lives in Somerset with his wife, Marcy Masters Frosh. They have two daughters.