Nancy Jacobs

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Nancy Jacobs
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Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 34th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 13, 1999
Preceded by David R. Craig
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 34th district
In office
January 11, 1995 – January 13, 1999
Preceded by David R. Craig
Succeeded by Charles R. Boutin
Personal details
Born (1951-10-27) October 27, 1951 (age 62)
Charleston, WV
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bruce W. Jacobs
Religion Christian

Nancy Jacobs (born October 27, 1951) is a Maryland State Senator representing District 34.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Jacobs attended Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, West Virginia. After high school, she attended West Virginia University, where she graduated in 1973 with her B.S. in journalism and speech.

After college, she began her career at WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. She became the owner and operator of West Shore Indoor Tennis Club, Edgewood, Maryland where she worked until 1984. Then in 1985, Jacobs became the communications coordinator for the Maryland Concerned Women for America [1]. She was also a realtor from 1987 until 1991.

Maryland House of Delegates[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 1994, incumbent Republican State Delegate David R. Craig decided to retire in order to run for a seat in the Maryland Senate. Jacobs ran and ranked first place with 23% of the vote. The other two candidates who won the district were incumbent Democrats Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack (23%) and Mary Louise Preis (22%).[1] In 1998, she decided to retire after one term to run for a seat in the State Senate.

Tenure[edit]

She was Minority Deputy Whip from 1997 until 1999.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • House Judiciary Committee

Maryland Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

Nancy Jacobs was first elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1999 to represent District 34, which covers portions of Harford and Cecil County, Maryland. In 1998, she won the seat vacated by fellow Republican David R. Craig, who was the State Senator for District 34 for only 4 years. Jacobs won a close election against Democratic challenger and former fellow Delegate Mary Louise Preis, whom she only defeated by 139 votes out of over 37,000 votes cast.[2]

In 2002, the election was a different story. This time she won with over 60% of the vote, defeating Democrat Arthur Henry Helton, Jr.[3] The election in 2006 was a little closer. That year she defeated Democrat William B. Kilby with 57% of the vote.[4] In 2013 Jacobs declared to her supporters that she would not run for re-election in 2014.

Tenure[edit]

During the 2007 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Senator Jacobs sponsored Maryland's version of Jessica's Law. Her bill was passed by a 139-0 vote in the House and 43-3 in the Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor.[2]

She served as the Senate Minority Whip from 2009 until 2011 when she resigned.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Judicial Proceedings Committee
  • Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families
  • Joint Oversight Committee on the Department of Juvenile Services

2012 congressional election[edit]

After redistricting, Jacobs decided to run in the newly redrawn Maryland's 2nd congressional district and challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. She won the Republican primary in April with 62% of the vote.[5] Ruppersberger defeated her 66%-31%.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 34[7]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Nancy Jacobs, Rep. 21,601   57.3%    Won
William B. Kilby, Dem. 16,108   42.7%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 18   0.0%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 34[8]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Nancy Jacobs, Rep. 20,474   60.4%    Won
Arthur Henry Helton, Jr., Dem. 13,399   39.5%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 45   0.1%    Lost
  • 1998 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 34[9]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Nancy Jacobs, Rep. 18,996   50%    Won
Mary Louise Preis, Dem. 18,857   50%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 45   0.1%    Lost
  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 34[10]

Voters choose three:

Name Votes Percent Outcome
Nancy Jacobs, Rep. 18,091   20%    Won
Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Dem. 17,762   20%    Won
Mary Louise Preis, Dem. 17,380   19%    Won
B. Daniel Riley, Dem. 13,891   15%    Lost
Scott Williams, Rep. 12,362   14%    Lost
Kenneth A. Thompson, Rep. 10,576   12%    Lost

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=36916
  2. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections
  3. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections
  4. ^ Maryland State Board of Elections
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=751460
  6. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=705233
  7. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Oct. 13, 2007
  8. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Oct. 13, 2007
  9. ^ "State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Oct. 13, 2007
  10. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Oct. 13, 2007

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