State Senator Brian Frosh, Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Maryland, said he keeps Maryland’s public safety at the top of his list and wants to make the place safer for children and seniors as well as protect the environment as soon as he takes charge.
“They are more trusting and more susceptible to sales pitches than people of full maturity but even senior citizens and middle-aged folks are being ripped off on the internet all the time,” Frosh said. “It’s one of the great challenges of the 21st century to make sure all of us are protected when we go online, when we engage in commerce or even when we surf the web for information or entertainment.”
Frosh said he hopes to strongly enforce Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of which he was an author and co-sponsor while in the Maryland General Assembly.
“(The act is the) most comprehensive gun law in the country. A lot of other states backed down in the wake of Sandy Hook from pressure (by outside lobbying groups) but we held firm,” Frosh said. “We tried to take the best of the laws from the other states and combine them into one law.”
The act prohibits the use of certain guns designated as assault weapons and provided a more comprehensive background check system for gun purchases among other gun safety measures.
Frosh said his dedication to protecting Maryland’s environment as Attorney General stems from all the work he has done on the issue in the Maryland General Assembly. He authored or cosponsored many different laws on a wide range of issues that include environmental laws like the statewide recycling law, Maryland Recycling Act, which he jokingly said “is the reason you have to lug all your bottles and plastics to a separate container” as well as SB 159, which enacted penalties for poaching oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. He also authored the state’s ban on drilling in the Chesapeake Bay.
Frosh said he has also been an advocate for laws and proposals to help victims of domestic violence.
Frosh has served in the Maryland General Assembly since 1986. From 1986-1995 he was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and since 1995 he has been a member of the Maryland Senate. He has also been chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2005.
“As chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee I oversaw and helped pass the laws I will be tasked with enforcing as Attorney General,” he said. Frosh said it was probably the best job he could have asked for because in the assembly he was able to shepherd through all the major pieces of legislation he believed would help Marylanders.
In his career in the General Assembly Frosh said he made his mark with his legislative successes and his ability to “work with Republicans and Democrats” alike in the legislature to find common ground.
“Attorney General has the highest bar for statewide officials to fulfill,” Frosh said. “(In order to be Attorney General one) must be a resident of Maryland and practicing law in the state for 10 years… I’ve been practicing law in Maryland for more than 30 years. As Chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee I oversaw and helped pass the laws I will be tasked with enforcing as Attorney General.”
Frosh has received a wide-ranging group of endorsements from groups such as AFL-CIO, Maryland State & District of Columbia, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Equality Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.
The editorial boards of The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and The Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Gazette have also endorsed Frosh.
The Bethesda native lives with his family in Somerset.
Jeffrey Pritzker is running against Frosh as the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Maryland.