Brown will succeed the state’s current chief legal officer, Brian Frosh, a Democrat who served two terms as attorney general and did not run for reelection.
His victory comes on a historic night for the state, which elected its first Black governor, Democrat Wes Moore.
A heavy favorite, Brown told a jubilant crowd gathered for the Democrats’ election night party that he accepted the “responsibility and privilege” of being attorney general.
“While the campaign is over, our work has just begun,” Brown said. “As we look to the future, we’ve got a big job to do. Our job is to deliver, deliver good schools, safe neighborhoods, affordable health care, a clean environment, a level playing field in the workplace and in the marketplace, and a justice system that is free of bias.”
Maryland Matters adds that Brown intends to expand the AG's office, although he has yet to release how many new attorneys he'll be bringing on board.
Brooke Lierman issued the following statement on her website:
"I am humbled and honored by the overwhelming support for this campaign in communities across the state. And I’m inspired by the Marylanders of all backgrounds who have rolled up their sleeves over the last 20 months – coming together to tackle the big challenges we face today and tomorrow. As the first woman independently elected to one of our three statewide constitutional offices, I’m proud to shatter a glass ceiling here in Maryland and committed to ensuring I am not the last.
Thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in me. Together, we will build a better Maryland."
Ms. Leirman is taking over the Comptroller's office from Peter Franchot, who did not run for re-election as he waged an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor.