Brian E. Frosh
ATTORNEY GENERAL, STATE OF MARYLAND
Brian E. Frosh was elected attorney general for Maryland in 2014 and won reelection in 2018. Before then, he served in the General Assembly for 28 years, in-cluding 12 as chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Frosh is focused on public safety as well as environmental issues and consumer protections. He authored an analysis on the state of marriage equality that was prominently cited in the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
He’s joined the national fight in efforts to control greenhouse gases from polluters in neighboring states. He’s also challenged the marketing and debt-collection practices of those banks, credit card companies, for-profit colleges and other businesses that he contends have victimized working-class families. He recently won a settlement that wiped out the debt of more than 1,000 students at an online university accused of deceptive marketing practices.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Listen. You rarely learn anything by talking.
What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?
I hope that we can emerge from this pandemic and minimize the hardships that Marylanders face: hunger, homelessness, joblessness, crushing debt and, of course, the illness itself.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
I love to bike. There are lots of trails around my neighborhood. While I do shorter rides, in one direction you can go all the way to Mount Vernon. In another, you can ride the C&O Canal to Harper’s Ferry.