|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 30th district
January 10, 2007
|Preceded by||Herbert McMillan|
August 30, 1953 |
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Syracuse University
Institute for the Psychological
Ronald Alan George (born August 30, 1953) is a former Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates. George sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Maryland in 2014, but finished fourth in the primary. Most recently, he represented District 30 in the Maryland General Assembly located within Anne Arundel County. Before redistricting, he shared this district with Democratic member House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Republican Herbert H. McMillan. After redistricting, George was no longer living in District 30, but rather District 33. In December 2014, George expressed his interest in being appointed to the 33rd District seat in the House of Delegates being vacated by current Delegate Cathy Vitale, who announced her resignation to accept an appointment to a judgeship. George has been a successful Maryland business owner for over 20 years. He owns Ron George Jewelers located in Annapolis and formerly in Severna Park.
George was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, and studied jewelry-making and design at Bowman Technical School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He then attended Syracuse University (B.A. 1978) and the Institute for Psychological Services (M.S. 2005). As a master goldsmith certified in jewelry design and repair, George has owned and operated jewelry stores in Maryland since 1987. In 2006, George ran for the seat left open when District 30 incumbent Herb McMillan decided to run for the Maryland State Senate.
As a delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, George served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Transportation, Education, and Election Law subcommittees, the Sportsmans Caucus, and the Veterans Caucus. George founded Maryland's Doctors Caucus and Advisory Board.
Delegate George announced his candidacy for Governor of Maryland on June 5, 2013. During his announcement speech, George unveiled his 10 Point Promise. The Promise calls for building the tax base in Baltimore City, creating safe school zones in Baltimore modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone, conducting independent audits of all state agencies, and lowering corporate and unemployment taxes among other initiatives. This plan prompted the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board on July 17, 2013 to name George "The leader so far in providing a specific platform". George finished last in the primary, behind Larry Hogan, who won the nomination, David Craig, and Charles Lollar.
- Voted against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)
- Sponsored Wind Energy at Greenbury Point in 2010 (HJ7) 
- Sponsored Lawful Presence Requirement for Maryland Drivers Licenses (HB195) 
- Sponsored Voltage Regulation Technology - Income Tax Subtraction Modification (HB320) 
- Sponsored Local Correctional Facilities - New Construction - Residential Programs for Substance Abuse Treatment (HB967) 
- Co-Sponsored Intellectual Disability (Rosa's Law) (HB20) 
- Co-Sponsored State Property Tax - Homeowner's Property Tax Assessment Cap Reduction (HB156) 
- Co-Sponsored State Retirement and Pension System - Military Service Credit (HB191) 
- Co-Sponsored Silver Alert Program - Establishment (HB317)
- Co-Sponsored Sales and Use Tax - Exemptions - Veterans' Organizations (HB317) 
- Co-Sponsored Natural Resources - Oysters - Dredge Devices (ban repealed. Chapter) (HB218) 
- 2010 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 30th District
- Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome Ronald A. George, Rep. 25,631 19.25% Won Michael E. Busch, Dem. 23,995 18.02% Won Herb McMillan, Rep. 22,553 16.94% Won Virginia P. Clagett, Dem. 21,142 15.88% Lost Seth Howard, Rep. 20,080 15.08% Lost Judd Legum, Dem. 19,670 14.77% Lost Other Write-Ins 89 0.07%
- 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – 30th District
- Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome Michael E. Busch, Dem. 22,479 17.1% Won Virginia P. Clagett, Dem. 22,360 17.0% Won Ronald A. George, Rep. 21,811 16.6% Won Barbara Samorajczyk, Dem. 21,758 16.5% Lost Andy Smarick, Rep. 20,594 15.6% Lost Ron Elfenbein, Rep. 20,457 15.5% Lost David Whitney, Con. 2,225 1.7% Lost Other Write-Ins 80 0.1%
Prior to his jewelry work, George was a volunteer counselor at Covenant House in New York City for two years. He has also been a volunteer director for the Conquest Boys' Club, volunteering from 1996 until 2002. He has been working for the Springhill Center for Family Development since 2002 and has been a National Board member of Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes, a home-schooling support organization, since 1998.
Ron George is also a member of the Annapolis Business Association, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. He received the Ronald Reagan Award from the Annapolis Republican Central Committee in 2005. Additionally, he is a Sunday School teacher for St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.
Notes and references
- Ron George Campaign website
- The Washington Post staff (June 25, 2014). The Washington post http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/marylanders-go-to-the-polls-tuesday-for-primary-elections-for-governor-other-offices/2014/06/23/8a545e48-faef-11e3-8176-f2c941cf35f1_story.html. Retrieved June 25, 2014. Missing or empty
- Maryland State Board of Elections.
- George, Ladd Consider Bid for Soon-to-Be Vacant Seat | http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/government/ph-ac-cn-vitale-candidates-1230-20141230,0,6337347.story?page=2
- Ron George Jewelers
- Our Say:Endorsements for House Districts 30, 33A and 33B - Top Stories - (HometownAnnapolis.com)
- Ron George Runs for Governor
- 10 Point Promise
- Governor's Race Takes Shape
- "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on May 24, 2013
- "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Aug. 12, 2007
- Cox, Erin (April 28, 2014). "Also on the Ron George resume: soap opera roles". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 21, 2014.