Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has been elected president of the national association that represents his peers around the country, becoming the second Marylander to hold that post.
Gansler, 49, was chosen Thursday by at the National Association of Attorneys General summer meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. The nonpartisan group brings together the chief legal officers of the states, territories and District of Columbia to deal with issues they face.
Presidents of the group typically choose a particular issue to focus on during their yearlong terms. Gansler selected "Privacy in the Digital Age" as the topic the association will examine.
Gansler, a former Montgomery County state's attorney, was elected attorney general in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He is considered a likely candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014.
The previous Marylander who served as head of the organization was Attorney General Francis Burch, who was elected to the post in 1970.