Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler was elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General during the group's summer meeting this week in Anchorage.
As president, Gansler selected "privacy in the digital age" as his signature initiative (last year's president, Rob McKenna of Washington State focused on human trafficking).
"It is an honor to serve as NAAG President. I look forward to working with my colleagues on some of our states' and our nation's most pressing issues," Gansler said in a news release. "As the chief legal officers of our states, Attorneys General are engaged in every aspect of state governance. We are uniquely positioned to make a real difference in the lives of the citizens in our states, and we do so every day."
Gansler, a Democrat, was elected attorney general of Maryland in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, when he was the only state-wide candidate in the nation to run unopposed in both the primary and general election.
Before being elected attorney general, Gansler was the state's attorney for Montgomery County, Md., where he prosecuted cases including the Beltway snipers. He also spent two years as an associate at (now defunct) Howrey & Simon.
According to Gansler's initiative statement, "Developments in technology and enterprise have created new privacy risks for individuals and corporations alike. This initiative will explore the best ways to manage those risks – from geo-location tracking to cyberbullying, from data collection to data breaches."
Also at the attorneys general meeting, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was elected president-elect and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood was elected vice president.
In addition, Solicitor General Todd Kim of the District of Columbia was recognized for excellence in brief writing for the U.S. Supreme Court., as were Acting Solicitor General William Brockman, Assistant Attorney General Joshua Auerbach, and Assistant Attorney General Stephen Ruckman of Maryland.