Women in Maryland politics

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  1. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

    Kathleen Kennedy Townsend


    Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend (born July 4, 1951) is an American attorney who was the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. She ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Maryland in 2002. In 2010 Townsend became the chair of the non-profit American Bridge, an organization that will raise funds for Democratic candidates and causes. She is a member of the Kennedy family.

  2. Lise Van Susteren

    Lise Van Susteren


    Lise Van Susteren is an American forensic psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC and environmental activist. In 2006 she sought the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate in Maryland, but withdrew from the race in April 2006.

  3. Helen Delich Bentley

    Helen Delich Bentley


    Helen Delich Bentley (born November 28, 1923) is an American politician who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland from 1985 to 1995.

  4. Michele Flournoy

    Michele Flournoy


    Michèle Angelique Flournoy (born December 14, 1960) is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the seventh-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense, and in that role served as a principal advisor to U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta from February 2009 to February 2012. When the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on February 9, 2009, she was at the time highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon in the department's history.

  5. Barbara Samorajczyk

    Barbara Samorajczyk


    Barbara D. Samorajczyk ("Sam-or-Isaac") (Polish pronunciation: bar-BAR-a saa-moe-RYE-chick /bar'bara sam?'rajt??k/) is an American politician from Annapolis, Maryland and a former member of the County Council of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

  6. Barbara Mikulski

    Barbara Mikulski


    Barbara Ann Mikulski (born July 20, 1936) is the senior United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party, serving since 1987. Mikulski, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987, is the longest-serving woman in the history of the United States Congress.

  7. Ruthann Aron

    Ruthann Aron


    Ruthann Greenzweig Aron (born October 24, 1942) is an American convicted criminal, former politician and former real estate developer who ran unsuccessfully for the 1994 Republican United States Senate nomination from Maryland.

  8. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    Stephanie Rawlings-Blake


    Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake (born March 17, 1970) is an American politician and the 49th and current mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. She is the second woman to hold the office. A member of the Democratic Party, she currently serves as secretary of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

  9. Anna Ella Carroll

    Anna Ella Carroll


    Anna Ella Carroll (August 29, 1815 near Pocomoke City, Maryland, United States – February 19, 1894 in Washington, D.C.) was an American politician, pamphleteer and lobbyist. She played a significant role as adviser to the Lincoln cabinet during the American Civil War.

  10. Sheila Dixon

    Sheila Dixon


    Sheila Ann Dixon (born December 27, 1953) served as the forty-eighth mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. When the former mayor, Martin O'Malley, was sworn in as governor on January 17, 2007, Dixon, the president of the Baltimore City Council, served out the remaining year of his term. In November 2007, she was elected mayor. She was the first African-American female to serve as president of the City council, Baltimore's first female mayor, and Baltimore's third black mayor.

  11. Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson

    Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson


    Lillie May Carroll Jackson (May 25, 1889 – July 5, 1975), pioneer civil rights activist, organizer of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP. Invariably known as "Dr. Lillie", "Ma Jackson", and the "mother of the civil rights movement", Lillie May Carroll Jackson pioneered the tactic of non-violent resistance to racial segregation used by Martin Luther King and others during the early civil rights movement.

  12. Donna Edwards

    Donna Edwards


    Donna F. Edwards (born June 28, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district, serving since a special election in 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of Prince George's County, as well as part of Anne Arundel County.

  13. Janet S. Owens

    Janet S. Owens


    Janet S. Owens (born February 18, 1944, in Lothian, Maryland) is an American politician and Democrat who served as County Executive of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, for two terms, from 1998 until 2007. She is a resident of Millersville, Maryland. She was the first female county executive of Anne Arundel County. As County Executive, she was seen as a moderate, frequently implementing more conservative policies than the County Council, which is now led by Republicans. After conducting polling regarding her chances of being re-elected to her former position of County Executive, Owens decided against running for the Democratic nomination in June 2010.

  14. Jeanne Dorsey Mandel

    Jeanne Dorsey Mandel


    Jeanne Blackistone Dorsey Mandel (May 11, 1937 – October 6, 2001) was a First Lady of Maryland, and second wife of former Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel, whom she had met in January 1963. She was a native of Leonardtown, St. Mary's County, Maryland. Mrs. Mandel died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease).

  15. Victoria Jackson-Stanley

    Victoria Jackson-Stanley


    Victoria Jackson-Stanley (born August 20, 1953) is an American politician and the first African-American and the first woman to be elected Mayor of Cambridge, Maryland.

  16. Catherine Curran O'Malley

    Catherine Curran O'Malley


    Catherine "Katie" Curran O'Malley (born August 18, 1962) is a Baltimore City District Court judge and wife of Martin O'Malley, the former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore.

  17. Mary Kane

    Mary Kane


    Mary D. Kane (born March 10, 1962) is a Maryland attorney who was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2010, as the running mate of Bob Ehrlich. In October, 2011, Kane became the President and CEO of Sister Cities International. Sister Cities International was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. Membership consists of 550 US cities, counties and states that have over 2000 partnerships in over 140 countries on 6 continents. Kane also sits on the board of Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. and Mount Saint Mary's University.

  18. Mary Pat Clarke

    Mary Pat Clarke


    Mary Pat Clarke (born June 22, 1941) is an American politician who represents the district 14 in the Baltimore City Council. She served in Baltimore, Maryland politics as both council president and council member for 24 out of the last 35 years as of 2010. She is the first woman ever elected president of the Baltimore City Council and the only non-incumbent to win a council seat since single-member districts were mandated by Baltimore voters through Question P in 2002.

  19. Frances Hughes Glendening

    Frances Hughes Glendening


    Frances Anne Hughes Glendening (born 1951) is a former First Lady of Maryland. She was married to former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, whom she divorced while he was governor.

  20. Kristen Cox

    Kristen Cox


    Kristen Cox (born Kristen Eyring in 1969, Bellevue, Washington) is a blind American politician and current Executive Director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Previously Cox served as Maryland Secretary of Disabilities. Kris Cox was the running mate of Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich in the Maryland 2006 gubernatorial election.

  21. Lynne A. Battaglia

    Lynne A. Battaglia


    Lynne Ann Battaglia (born April 14, 1946) is an American lawyer and jurist from Howard County, Maryland. Since 2001, she has served as an associate judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

  22. Kendel Ehrlich

    Kendel Ehrlich


    Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich is a former First Lady of Maryland, having served from 2003 to 2007 during the administration of Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich. She is the first woman of Polish descent to have been Maryland's First Lady.

  23. Marjorie Holt

    Marjorie Holt


    Marjorie Sewell Holt (born September 17, 1920), a Republican, was a U.S. Congresswoman who represented Maryland's 4th congressional district from January 3, 1973 to January 3, 1987. She was the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Maryland.

  24. Patricia Donoho Hughes

    Patricia Donoho Hughes


    Patricia Donoho Hughes (August 18, 1930 – January 20, 2010) was a First Lady of Maryland, married to former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes. She was educated at Sorbonne (1949) and Bryn Mawr College (1951) before getting married on June 30, 1951. She later continued her education at the University of Delaware (1966). Mrs. Hughes was a teacher and educator by profession.

  25. Beverly Byron

    Beverly Byron


    Beverly Barton Butcher Byron (born July 27, 1932), a Democrat, was a U.S. Congresswoman who represented the 6th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1993.

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