Gansler's re-election assured

Jessica M. Karmasek Jul. 23, 2010, 6:27am


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - Current Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler will run unopposed for re-election in November.

July 6 was the deadline for candidates to file their bids for office, but July 21 was the last day central committees for political parties could nominate someone to run in a race in which no one had filed, according to television station NBC Washington.

Gansler, a first-term Democrat, is Maryland's 44th attorney general. He has focused on environmental, public safety and consumer issues.

Since his election in 2006, Gansler has been elected as the national co-chair for the Democratic Attorneys General Association. He also has been elected to serve as president of the National Association of Attorneys General's Eastern Region, appointed national co-chair of NAAG's Environment and Energy Committee, national co-chair of its Youth Access to Alcohol Committee and national co-chair of its Legislative Committee.

Before becoming the state's attorney general, Gansler served as an Assistant United States Attorney and practiced civil litigation with the law firms of Coburn & Schertler and Howrey & Simon.

Gansler received his law degree from the University of Virginia and graduated cum laude from Yale University.

Gansler's wife, Laura Leedy Gansler, is a securities lawyer and noted author. She co-authored "Class Action," the book that became the two-time Academy Award-nominated movie, "North Country."

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