Elizabeth Bobo

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Elizabeth Bobo
Elizabeth Bobo (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 12B district
In office
January 11, 1995 – January 14, 2015[1]
ConstituencyHoward County
5th County Executive of Howard County, Maryland
In office
Preceded byWilliam E. Eckel[2]
Succeeded byCharles I. Ecker
Personal details
Born (1943-12-21) December 21, 1943 (age 75)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lloyd G. Knowles
ResidenceColumbia, Maryland

Elizabeth Bobo (born December 21, 1943) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She served as Howard County Executive and in the Maryland House of Delegates. Bobo was the first and only female Howard County Executive, serving from 1986 to 1990.

Early life and law career[edit]

Bobo was born in Baltimore on December 21, 1943. She graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from the University of Maryland University College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Bobo was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1992 and practiced as an attorney before her election to the House of Delegates.[1]

Political career[edit]

Bobo served one term as Howard County Executive from 1986 to 1990. She was Howard County's first and only female executive.[3] In 1987, Bobo partnered with developer Kingdon Gould III to form a business outreach program.[4] Charles I. Ecker defeated Bobo's bid for reelection as county executive in 1990. In 1993, Bobo married former planning board member and councilperson Lloyd G. Knowles.

In 1994, Bobo was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. She served four terms there, representing District 12B in Howard County.[5]

As a member of the House of Delegates, Bobo voted in favor of increasing the sales tax whilst simultaneously reducing income tax rates for some income brackets in the Tax Reform Act of 2007 (HB2).[6] She voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6).[7] She served on the Environmental Matters Committee, and was noted for distinguishing herself as an advocate for protection of the natural environment.[3]

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Bobo supported the candidacy of Barack Obama.[8] She served as one of the state's ten electors pledged to Obama in the general election, and cast her vote for him along with the other nine on December 15.[9][10]

In 2012, Bobo announced her decision not to seek reelection in 2014.[3]


  • "Maryland Manual Online". Maryland State Archives. 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-07.
  1. ^ a b "Former Delegates: Elizabeth Bobo". Maryland State Government. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Rasmussen, Frederick N. (October 3, 2012). "William E. 'Ned' Eakle, Howard County executive and administrator". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 16, 2019. Nichols left office nine months early in 1986 ... the County Council chose Mr. Eakle to finish the former executive's term.
  3. ^ a b c McPherson, Lindsey (September 4, 2012). "Longtime Howard politician Liz Bobo to retire in 2014". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Janice Howard (19 November 1987). "HOWARD COUNTY NOTES". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Scott Wilson (6 April 1990). "Liberation Of a Liberal: Md.'s Bobo Comfortable Sitting on Back Bench". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2007-07-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Carson, Larry (February 8, 2008). "Bobo, Ulman back Obama". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Appleman, Eric M. "2008 Presidential Electors". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  10. ^ "December 15, 2008--Electoral College Votes". Democracy in Action. Retrieved December 20, 2016.