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Douglas F. Gansler

Assumed office 
January 2, 2007
Preceded by J. Joseph Curran

Born 1962
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laura Leedy Gansler
Children Samuel Gansler
William Gansler
Profession Attorney
Religion Jewish

Douglas F. "Doug" Gansler (born 1962) is a Maryland politician and Attorney General of Maryland. Gansler won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 12, 2006,[1] and beat Republican Scott Rolle in the general election on November 7, 2006.



Gansler spent some of his early years in New Jersey before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1970s.

Gansler attended Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker school in Washington, D.C. in grades 6-12. One of his sons goes to the school, while the other attends Landon School in Bethesda. From Sidwell Friends, Gansler went on to Yale University, where he played lacrosse with distinction, nurtured an interest in elective politics and graduated cum laude.

Gansler received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Gansler served as the State's Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from January 1999 until January 2, 2007.

Prior to working as a State's Attorney, Gansler was an assistant United States Attorney from 1992 to 1998, and a member of the law firms of Coburn & Schertler and Howrey & Simon.

Doug Gansler's father is Jacques Gansler, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park and former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

Attorney General

Doug Gansler took the oath of office as Attorney General on January 2, 2007. Since being sworn in, Gansler has made prosecution of environmental crimes a priority. As Attorney General, he serves on the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy.

Gansler has publicly opposed the merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio.[2]


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Preceded by
J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
Attorney General of Maryland


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