John P. McDonough
|John P. McDonough|
|70th Secretary of State of Maryland|
July 18, 2008
|Deputy||Rajan Natarajan and Peter Fosselman|
|Preceded by||Dennis C. Schnepfe|
July 7, 1950 |
|Spouse(s)||Mary Lou Gober McDonough|
|Children||Emily, Caitlin and Aisling|
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland School of Law|
John P. McDonough (born July 7, 1950) is an American politician from Maryland. He has served as Secretary of State of Maryland since July 16, 2008, a position that is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The Secretary of State is one of the State’s six constitutional officers, along with the Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General and Treasurer.
Early Life and Education
McDonough was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and moved to Prince George's County, Maryland in 1952. He graduated from Bladensburg High School in 1968, and Johns Hopkins University in 1972 with a degree in political science. McDonough received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1977 and was admitted to the Maryland State Bar Association that same year.
After serving as a legislative aide for the Prince George's County Council from 1970–1974, and the Chief of Staff for the Prince George's County Executive from 1974–1978, McDonough practiced law as an associate and partner in various firms from 1979–2005, including the firm of O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore where he was a managing partner for ten years. 
McDonough was a member of the Maryland Stadium Authority from 1986–1994. He served as vice chair of the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee from 1998–2000 and served as its Counsel from 2000 to 2008.
Secretary of State
Governor Martin O'Malley appointed McDonough as Secretary of State of Maryland on July 16, 2008. As Secretary of State, McDonough oversees the registration of notaries and charitable organizations and serves as the Governor's liaison for labor relations. He serves as the chair of the Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs and is on the Board of State Canvassers. Secretary McDonough is active with the National Association of Secretaries of State, having served on the Executive Board and as Co-chair of the International Relations Committee and is currently serving as Chair of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State.
McDonough married Mary Lou Gober in 1972 and the couple has three daughters, Emily, Caitlin and Aisling. The family has lived in Mitchellville, Maryland since 1979. Mary Lou serves as Director of Corrections for Prince George's County, MD.
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Dennis C. Schnepfe
|Secretary of State of Maryland