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Frosh to be sworn in as attorney general

Brian Frosh is sworn in as Maryland Attorney General.

State Sen. Brian E. Frosh will be sworn in today as Maryland's 44th attorney general.

During a ceremony in Annapolis, Frosh will take over from out-going Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler who held the post for eight years.

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The attorney general is the state's top lawyer, charged with advising the governor and the legislature, as well as defending the state in court. Over the past two decades, the office has increasingly taken on a consumer protection and environmental watch-dog role.

Frosh, a Democrat, won the job in a landslide in November and will leave behind a 28-year career in the legislature. As a lawmaker, Frosh earned a reputation as a soft-spoken and level-headed giant. He rose to prominence as an environmentalist but in later years was best known for chairing the influential Judicial Proceedings Committee in the Senate.

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Frosh played a key role in passing Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature gun-control law in 2013. O'Malley will administer the oath of office at Frosh's 2 p.m. swearing in ceremony in the House of Delegates chamber. Former attorney general Stephen Sachs, among others, will deliver remarks.

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Frosh, 68, is from Montgomery County and until recently was a partner in a Rockville law firm.

While the formal role of the attorney general is to serve as chief of a law firm for the state, Frosh's predecessor used the office to help shape public policy.  Gansler, for instance, was an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage. Two years before the legislature passed same-sex marriage in Maryland, Gansler in 2010 issued a formal opinion that such marriages performed elsewhere were considered legal in Maryland.

Gansler announced in November he would join the Washington lawfirm of BuckleySandler, working in its cybersecurity and privacy practice. 

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