Allan H. Kittleman

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Allan H. Kittleman
Allan Kittleman in 2015
Kittleman in 2015
8th County Executive of
Howard County, Maryland
Assumed office
December 1, 2014
Preceded by Ken Ulman
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 9th district
In office
October 24, 2004 – December 1, 2014
Preceded by Robert Kittleman
Succeeded by Gail Bates
Constituency Howard and Carroll Counties
Personal details
Born (1958-10-20) October 20, 1958 (age 59)
Olney, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Robin Kittleman
Children 4
Parents Robert Kittleman
Relatives Trent Kittleman (stepmother)
Residence West Friendship, Maryland[1]
Alma mater
Profession Politician, lawyer

Allan H. Kittleman (born October 20, 1958), an American Republican politician, is the ninth and current county executive for Howard County, Maryland since December 1, 2014. Kittleman previously served as a Maryland State Senator from 2004 to 2014, representing the 9th district covering Howard and Carroll Counties, and was Senate Minority Leader from 2008 to 2011. He also previously served on the Howard County Council from 1998 to 2004.[2]


Born on October 20, 1958, in Olney, Maryland, Kittleman attended Atholton High School in Howard County, Maryland. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1981 and graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law with a J.D. in 1988.[2]


Kittleman was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1988 and was an associate with Smith, Somerville & Case, 1988–91 (legal assistant, 1984–88) and a partner with Herwig & Humphreys, LLP from 1996 to 2003 (associate, 1991–96). Kittleman has worked for the law firm Godwin, Erlandson, MacLaughlin, Vernon & Daney since 2008,[2] though is not listed currently among the firm's attorneys.[3]

Maryland Senate[edit]

He is the son of the late Robert H. Kittleman and was appointed by Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) to fill his seat in the Maryland Senate. In 2006, Kittleman won re-election in a landslide against Democrat Richard Corkran. With a reputation as a social libertarian,[4] Kittleman frequently mediates between the liberal and conservative factions in the party.[citation needed] In 2010, Senator Kittleman defeated Jim Adams by a wide margin in the general election after facing no primary opposition. On January 30, 2010, the Senate Republican Caucus again chose him to serve as Minority Leader with Senator David R. Brinkley as Minority Whip, who defeated Senator Nancy Jacobs.

Senator Kittleman resigned as Minority Leader on January 18, 2011. During the 2011 General Assembly session, Kittleman broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.[5]

County Executive[edit]

Kittleman was elected County Executive of Howard County, defeating Councilwoman Courtney Watson in the 2014 election. Since taking office, Kittleman's top priorities as executive include improving the delivery of human services, closing the education gap and rebuilding infrastructure throughout Howard County.[citation needed]

Controversial measures undertaken by his administration include reassessing the sustainable growth tier structure of the county, put in place by County Executive Ken Ulman in 2013.[6] On February 9, 2017, Kittleman vetoed a bill passed three days earlier by the County Council on a 3–2 vote to declare Howard County a sanctuary jurisdiction for illegal immigrants.[7]

Election results[edit]

Protestors gathering in support of sanctuary legislation, which Kittleman vetoed
  • 2014 Race for Howard County Executive[8]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Allan H. Kittleman, Rep. 53,207   51.2%    Won
Courtney Watson, Dem. 50,543   48.7%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 101   0.1%    Lost
  • 2010 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 9[9]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Allan H. Kittleman, Rep. 36,641   67%    Won
Jim Adams, Dem. 18,198   33%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 60   0.11%    Lost
  • 2006 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 9[10]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Allan H. Kittleman, Rep. 33,317   62.2%    Won
Rich Corkran, Dem. 20,232   37.8%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 23   0.1%    Lost


  1. ^ a b "Howard County General Assembly Members". The Washington Post. November 2006. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Allan H. Kittleman, County Executive, Howard County, Maryland". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. January 25, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "About Our Attorneys". Godwin, Erlandson, Vernon & Daney. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ Yeager, Amanda (October 23, 2014). "Howard executive candidates have similar backgrounds, different philosophies". Howard County Times. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 15, 2017. Kittleman has developed a reputation as a social libertarian 
  5. ^ Marshall, Ryan (February 11, 2011). "Kittleman backs same-sex marriage bill". Carroll County Times. Patuxent Publishing. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ Waseem, Fatimah (April 8, 2016). "Howard plan to 'restore development rights' divides farming community". Howard County Times. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ Orman, Shelley (February 9, 2017). "Howard County executive vetoes "sanctuary county" bill Thursday". Fox45 News. Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Unofficial 2014 Gubernatorial General Election results for Howard County". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010 State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "2006 State Senate Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 4, 2007. 

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