List of current members of the Maryland Senate

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Party Composition of Maryland State Senate districts.

The Maryland Senate is the upper house of the Maryland General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Maryland. One Senator is elected from each of the state's 47 electoral districts. As of January 2015, 33 of those seats are held by Democrats and 14 by Republicans. The leader of the Senate is known as the President, a position currently held by Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., who represents Calvert, Charles and Prince George's counties. In addition, Senators elect a President Pro Tempore, and the respective party caucuses elect a majority and minority leader and a majority and minority whip.

Senators are elected in even-numbered years when the President of the United States is not being elected, similar to most other state offices in Maryland. The most recent election was in November 2014. Senators are not term-limited. Should a Senator resign from office before his or her term expires, the local central committee of the party to which the retiring senator belonged makes a recommendation to the Governor for whom to appoint to the open seat. It is tradition for the Governor to appoint the recommended person.[1] Four of the current members of the Maryland State Senate were originally appointed, two of whom have since been elected in their own right.[2] Newly elected Senators are sworn in and begin work on the second Wednesday of the January following their election.[3]

Each Senator has at least one standing committee assignment. The first is to one of the four legislative committees: Budget and Taxation; Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (listed in this table as Education, Health, and Environment); Finance; or Judicial Proceedings. A number of Senators have secondary committee assignments, most prominently to the Executive Nominations Committee, which oversees the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to approve nominations by the Governor. Assignment to the Rules or Executive Nominations committees or to any Ad Hoc committees is not noted.

Current party composition

Composition as of the beginning of the 2015-2018 term on January 14, 2015:

Affiliation Members
Democratic Party 33
Republican Party 14
Total
47

During the 2011-2015 term, the State Senate was made up of 35 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Republicans gained two seats (District 6 in Baltimore County and District 29 in Calvert and St. Mary's counties) in the elections held on November 4, 2014.[4] Democrats maintain a super-majority in the chamber despite these changes. Article II, Section 17(a) of the Maryland Constitution specifies it takes a three-fifths vote of both chambers to override a veto,[5] which is 29 votes in the State Senate. The rules of the Senate also permit members to limit debate by a three-fifths majority vote, meaning Republicans would need to gain five additional seats, for a total of 19, in order to sustain a veto or filibuster legislation.

Current leadership

The below table reflects the current leadership of the Maryland State Senate as of February 24, 2017.[6]

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Miller, Jr., Thomas V. MikeThomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Democratic 27
President pro tem McFadden, Nathaniel J.Nathaniel J. McFadden Democratic 45
Majority Leader Peters, Douglas J. J.Douglas J. J. Peters Democratic 23
Majority Whip Guy Guzzone Democratic 13
Majority Whip Roger Manno Democratic 19
Minority Leader Jennings, J.B.J.B. Jennings Republican 7
Minority Whip Hershey, Jr., Stephen S.Stephen S. Hershey, Jr. Republican 36

Current State Senators

Members of the Maryland State Senate as of the conclusion of the 437th session of the Maryland General Assembly on Monday, April 10, 2017.[7]

District
Jurisdiction(s) represented
Image
Senator
Party
First
elected
Primary committee
1 Allegany, Garrett, and Washington[7] George C. Edwards (2008).jpg Edwards, George C.George C. Edwards[8] Republican[8] 2006[8] Budget and Taxation[8]
2 Washington[7] Andrew Serafini.jpg Serafini, Andrew A.Andrew A. Serafini[9] Republican[9] Appointed and sworn in on February 2, 2015[9] Budget and Taxation[9]
3 Frederick[7] Ronald N. Young (2011).jpg Young, Ronald N.Ronald N. Young[10] Democratic[10] 2010[10] Education, Health and Environmental Affairs[10]
4 Carroll and Frederick[7] Mike-port.jpg Hough, MichaelMichael Hough[11] Republican[11] 2014[11] Judicial Proceedings[11]
5 Carroll[7] Maryland Delegate Justin Ready.jpg Ready, JustinJustin Ready[12] Republican[12] Appointed and sworn in on February 2, 2015[12] Judicial Proceedings[12]
6 Baltimore County[7] Salling, Johnny RayJohnny Ray Salling[13] Republican[13] 2014[13] Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs[13]
7 Baltimore County and Harford[7] J. B. Jennings (November 2007).jpg J. B. Jennings, J. B. Jennings[14] Republican[14] 2010[14] Finance[14]
8 Baltimore County[7] Katherine A. Klausmeier (2008).jpg Klausmeier, Katherine A.Katherine A. Klausmeier[15] Democratic[15] 2002[15] Finance[15]
9 Carroll and Howard[7] Gail Bates.jpg Bates, Gail H.Gail H. Bates[16] Republican[16] 2014[16] Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs[16]
10 Baltimore County[7] Delores G. Kelley (2009).jpg Kelley, Delores G.Delores G. Kelley[17] Democratic[17] 1994[17] Judicial Proceedings (Vice-Chair)[17]
11 Baltimore County[7] Robert Zirkin (May 2008).jpg Zirkin, RobertRobert Zirkin[18] Democratic[18] 2006[18] Judicial Proceedings (Chair)[18]
12 Baltimore County and Howard[7] Edward J. Kasemeyer (2009).jpg Kasemeyer, Edward J.Edward J. Kasemeyer[19] Democratic[19] First elected 1986; did not seek reelection in 1990; reelected 1994[19] Budget and Taxation (Chair)[19]
13 Howard[7] Guy Guzzone[20] Democratic[20] 2014[20] Budget and Taxation[20]
14 Montgomery[7] Craig Zucker[21] Democratic[21] Appointed February 3, 2016 and sworn in February 4, 2016[21] Education, Health and Environmental Affairs[21]
15 Montgomery[7] FeldmanHeadshot Web.jpg Feldman, Brian J.Brian J. Feldman[22] Democratic[22] Appointed September 12, 2013 and sworn in September 17, 2013; first elected 2014[22] Finance[22]
16 Montgomery[7] 2016-04-21 1169 Chelsea at Denizens - Sen Susan Lee (26501462321) (cropped).jpg Lee, Susan C.Susan C. Lee[23] Democratic[23] 2014[23] Judicial Proceedings[23]
17 Montgomery[7] CherylKagan.jpg Cheryl C. Kagan[24] Democratic[24] 2014[24] Education, Health and Environmental Affairs[24]
18 Montgomery[7] Richard Madaleno (2008).jpg Madaleno, Jr., Richard S.Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.[25] Democratic[25] 2006[25] Budget and Taxation (Vice-Chair)[25]
19 Montgomery[7] Roger Manno (2007).jpg Manno, RogerRoger Manno[26] Democratic[26] 2010[26] Budget and Taxation[26]
20 Montgomery[7] Smith, WillWill Smith[27] Democratic[27] Appointed December 13, 2016 and sworn in December 21, 2016[27] Judicial Proceedings[27]
21 Anne Arundel and Prince George's[7] James Rosapepe (2009).jpg Rosapepe, JamesJames Rosapepe[28] Democratic[28] 2006[28] Finance[28]
22 Prince George's[7] Paul G. Pinsky (2008).jpg Pinsky, Paul G.Paul G. Pinsky[29] Democratic[29] Appointed August 1, 1994 and sworn in August 2, 1994; first elected November 1994[29] Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (Vice-Chair)[29]
23 Prince George's[7] Douglas J.J. Peters (2009).jpg Peters, Douglas J.J.Douglas J.J. Peters[30] Democratic[30] 2006[30] Budget and Taxation[30]
24 Prince George's[7] Joanne C. Benson (2007).jpg Benson, Joanne C.Joanne C. Benson[31] Democratic[31] 2010[31] Finance[31]
25 Prince George's[7] Currie, UlyssesUlysses Currie[32] Democratic[32] 1994[32] Budget and Taxation[32]
26 Prince George's[7] C. Anthony Muse (May 2008).jpg Muse, C. AnthonyC. Anthony Muse[33] Democratic[33] 2006[33] Judicial Proceedings[33]
27 Calvert, Charles and Prince George's[7] Thomas V. Mike Miller at Franchot inauguration - cropped.jpg Miller, Jr., Thomas V. MikeThomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.[34] Democratic[34] 1974[34] President of the Senate[b][34]
28 Charles[7] Thomas "Mac" Middleton (2008).jpg Middleton, Thomas M. "Mac"Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton[35] Democratic[35] 1994[35] Finance (Chair)[35]
29 Calvert, and St. Mary's[7] Waugh, SteveSteve Waugh[36] Republican[36] 2014[36] Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs[36]
30 Anne Arundel[7] John Astle (2008).JPG Astle, JohnJohn Astle[37] Democratic[37] 1994[37] Finance (Vice-Chair)[37]
31 Anne Arundel[7] Bryan Simonaire (2009).jpg Simonaire, BryanBryan Simonaire[38] Republican[38] 2006[38] Education, Health and Environmental Affairs[38]
32 Anne Arundel[7] James E. DeGrange, Sr. (2008).jpg DeGrange, Sr., James E.James E. DeGrange, Sr.[39] Democratic[39] 1998[39] Budget and Taxation[39]
33 Anne Arundel[7] Edward R. Reilly (2011).jpg Reilly, Edward R.Edward R. Reilly Republican Appointed June 22, 2009; first elected 2010[a] Finance
34 Harford[7] Cassilly, RobertRobert Cassilly Republican 2014 Judicial Proceedings
35 Cecil and Harford[7] H. Wayne Norman, Jr. (2008).jpg Norman, WayneWayne Norman Republican 2014 Judicial Proceedings
36 Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne's[7] Stephen S. Hershey, Jr. (2011).jpg Hershey, Jr., Stephen S.Stephen S. Hershey, Jr. Republican Appointed September 18, 2013 and sworn in October 1, 2013; first elected 2014 Finance
37 Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico[7] Adelaide C. Eckardt (November 2007).jpg Eckardt, Adelaide C.Adelaide C. Eckardt Republican 2014 Budget and Taxation
38 Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester[7] James N. Mathias, Jr (2007).jpg Mathias, Jr, James N.James N. Mathias, Jr Democratic 2010 Finance
39 Montgomery[7] Nancy J. King (2009).jpg King, Nancy J.Nancy J. King Democratic Appointed and sworn in September 5, 2007; first elected 2010 Budget and Taxation
40 Baltimore City[7] Robinson, Barbara A.Barbara A. Robinson Democratic Appointed on December 13, 2016 and sworn in December 21, 2016 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
41 Baltimore City[7] Nathaniel T. Oaks Democratic Appointed and sworn in February 10, 2017 Finance
42 Baltimore County[7] Jim Brochin (2009).jpg Brochin, JamesJames Brochin Democratic 2002 Judicial Proceedings
43 Baltimore City[7] Joan Carter Conway (2007).jpg Conway, Joan CarterJoan Carter Conway Democratic Appointed and sworn in January 7, 1997; first elected 1998[a] Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (Chair)
44 Baltimore City and Baltimore County[7] Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Democratic 2014 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
45 Baltimore City[7] Nathaniel J. McFadden (2007).jpg McFadden, Nathaniel J.Nathaniel J. McFadden Democratic 1994 Budget and Taxation
46 Baltimore City[7] Bill Ferguson (2011).jpg Ferguson, WilliamWilliam Ferguson Democratic 2010 Budget and Taxation
47 Prince George's[7] Victor R. Ramirez (2007).jpg Ramirez, Victor R.Victor R. Ramirez Democratic 2010 Judicial Proceedings

Notes

a This Senator was originally appointed to office by the Governor to fill an open seat.

b The President of the Senate does not serve on any of the four standing legislative committees. He does, however, serve on both the Executive Nominations and the Rules Committees.

See also

References

General
  • "Maryland at a Glance: Government". Maryland Manual On-line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  • "Maryland Senate - Committees". Maryland Manual On-line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Article III". Constitution of Maryland. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Maryland Senate, Appointments by Governor". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Constitution of Maryland:Article III, Legislative Department". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Assembly roundup: GOP gains 2 senators, 7 delegates for a record 50 House members". marylandreporter.com. November 5, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Constitution of Maryland, Article II, Executive Department". Maryland Manual On-Line. September 29, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Current Roster Leadership" (PDF). February 24, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av "Legislator List - By District". General Assembly of Maryland. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Senator George C. Edwards". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Senator Andrew A. Serafini". General Assembly of Maryland. February 17, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Senator Ronald N. Young". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Senator Michael J. Hough". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Senator Justin Ready". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Seantor Johnny Ray Salling". General Assembly of Maryland. January 16, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Senator J.B. Jennings". General Assembly of Maryland. January 31, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Seantor Katherine Klausmeier". General Assembly of Maryland. March 20, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Senator Gail H. Bates". General Assembly of Maryland. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Senator Delores G. Kelley". General Assembly of Maryland. February 6, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Senator Bobby A. Zirkin". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Senator Guy Guzzone". General Assembly of Maryland. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Senator Craig J. Zucker". General Assembly of Maryland. January 17, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Senator Brian J. Feldman". Maryland General Assembly. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c d "Senator Susan C. Lee". General Assembly of Maryland. February 14, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b c d "Senator Cheryl C. Kagan". General Assembly of Maryland. December 12, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  26. ^ a b c d "Senator Roger Manno". General Assembly of Maryland. January 24, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  27. ^ a b c d "Senator William C. Smith, Jr". General Assembly of Maryland. January 20, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  28. ^ a b c d "Senator Jim Rosapepe". General Assembly of Maryland. January 12, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  29. ^ a b c d "Senator Paul G.Pinsky". General Assembly of Maryland. January 17, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b c d "Senator Douglas J. J. Peters". General Assembly of Maryland. February 1, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  31. ^ a b c d "Senator Joanne C. Benson". General Assembly of Maryland. January 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  32. ^ a b c d "Senator Ulysses Currie". General Assembly of Maryland. December 6, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  33. ^ a b c d "Senator C. Anthony Muse". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  34. ^ a b c d "Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr". General Assembly of Maryland. December 2, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  35. ^ a b c d "Senator Thomas M. Middleton". General Assembly of Maryland. January 20, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  36. ^ a b c d "Senator Steve Waugh". General Assembly of Maryland. January 17, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  37. ^ a b c d "Senator John C. Astle". General Assembly of Maryland. February 23, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  38. ^ a b c d "Senator Bryan W. Simonaire". General Assembly of Maryland. February 21, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  39. ^ a b c d "Senator James E. DeGrange, Sr". General Assembly of Maryland. January 11, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 

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