Anthony G. Brown assumes office as Maryland’s 47th Attorney General on January 3, 2023. Anthony represented the 4th Congressional District from 2017 to 2023, served as Lieutenant Governor from 2007 to 2015, and in the House of Delegates as Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Majority Whip from 1999 to 2007. Anthony served on the Ethics Committees in both the General Assembly and the House of Representatives.
In public service, Anthony has been a leading voice on equity and justice matters. As Lieutenant Governor, he advocated for the repeal of the death penalty, the decriminalization of marijuana, and the expansion of record expungements. After the tragic murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Anthony worked with Governor Martin O’Malley to adopt stringent background checks and training requirements for gun sales, and ban large-capacity magazines and certain types of assault rifles. In Congress, Anthony championed commonsense gun safety laws—universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, raising the age to purchase assault rifles, and “red flag laws.” He worked in the General Assembly and in Congress to expand protections for victims of domestic violence, abused and neglected children, and veterans with unmet mental and behavioral health needs.
Anthony has worked to improve the efficiency of our courts and fairness in sentencing. In Annapolis and on Capitol Hill, he fought tirelessly to improve safety, transparency, and accountability in policing, and to reform our criminal and military justice systems.
Anthony supported measures in Congress to expand access to the ballot, protect the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and defend the rights of the LGBTQIA community. He was a lead sponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Anthony received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and has been a member of the Maryland bar since 1994. After clerking at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Anthony was an associate attorney in the litigation, securities enforcement, and investment management groups at WilmerHale (formerly Wilmer Cutler & Pickering). He consistently defended the most vulnerable, by representing victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, children in need of assistance, and indigent clients unable to afford a lawyer. Anthony has litigated against big tobacco and represented small businesses whose innovative technology was stolen by large corporations. While in the House of Delegates, Anthony also practiced land use and zoning law with the firm Gibbs and Haller.
A retired Colonel in the Army Reserve, Anthony served three decades as an aviator and Judge Advocate General. He graduated first in his flight class and received both Airborne and Air Assault qualifications. Anthony was awarded the Legion of Merit for his distinguished military service and earned the Bronze Star while deployed to Iraq in 2004 to 2005. Anthony completed his military service commanding the 153rd Legal Support Organization.
Anthony served as Board Chair of Prince George’s Community College, and as a board member of the Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County and the nonprofit Adoptions Together. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Prince George’s County Bar Association, and the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association.