Douglas F. Gansler was elected to a second term as the Attorney General of Maryland on November 2nd, 2010. Since taking office in 2006, Attorney General Gansler has focused on environmental, consumer, and public safety issues. He has distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from various forms of fraud, and safeguarding the public from gangs, violent crime, and the underbelly of the Internet. Attorney General Gansler has served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and Chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA). He also has chaired NAAG committees on Youth Access to Alcohol, the Environment and Energy. Since taking office, Attorney General Gansler has fought various forms of fraud that are threatening home ownership, contributing to the ever-rising cost of healthcare, and undermining the financial security and well-being of Marylanders. In the fight against mortgage fraud alone he has recovered more than $1 billion in relief and assistance for Maryland homeowners. He has also secured close to $100 million fighting various other forms of fraud. Attorney General Gansler secured the largest air quality settlement of its kind in the history of the United States, a Maryland history-making water pollution penalty, the largest civil penalty ever levied for an oil spill in Maryland, and the largest asbestos penalty in Maryland history. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Gansler served for eight years as the Montgomery County State's Attorney and was the first in the country to fully implement community-based prosecution. Prior to being elected State's Attorney, Douglas Gansler was an Assistant United States Attorney. From 1992 to 1998, he prosecuted over 1,000 cases involving almost every type of crime, including public corruption, hate crimes, narcotic trafficking, sex offenses, child abuse, economic crimes, gang-related violence, and homicides. Douglas Gansler attended the University of Virginia School of Law and Yale University, where he graduated cum laude.
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