|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
from the 14th district
Assumed office |
January 13, 2011
November 13, 1981|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Residence||Burtonsville, Maryland, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Maryland, College Park|
Eric Luedtke (born November 13, 1981) is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected in 2010 to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 14 in Montgomery County, which includes parts of Burtonsville, Silver Spring, Olney, Sandy Spring, Brookeville, and Damascus. Luedtke serves on the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Delegates, chairs the Education Subcommittee, and co-chairs the Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight.
Luedtke was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, attending Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland and later the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked as a middle school social studies teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools from 2004-15. After becoming a teacher, he became involved with the Montgomery County Education Association, where he served on the Board of Directors. He also served on Montgomery County's East County Citizens Advisory Board, advocated on environmental issues with the local Sierra Club, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sandy Spring Museum
In the fall of 2009, Luedtke explored a run against incumbent State Senator Rona E. Kramer. He dropped out of the Senate race, but in early 2010 two seats in the House of Delegates became open when incumbent Delegate Karen S. Montgomery decided to challenge Kramer and Delegate Herman L. Taylor, Jr. began a campaign against Congresswoman Donna Edwards. Luedtke entered the campaign for one of the district's three seats in the House of Delegates, competing against seven other Democrats in the primary. In the primary election on September 14, 2010, Luedtke finished in third place, behind incumbent Delegate Anne Kaiser and political staffer Craig Zucker. Democrats swept the general election in the district, winning the three Delegate seats as well as the Senate seat. Luedtke was sworn into the House of Delegates on January 12, 2011.
During his first term in the House of Delegates, Luedtke was assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees tax policy, education, election law, and gambling. He participated in debates on a number of major issues in his first year. During the floor debate on the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would have legalized same-sex marriage in Maryland, Luedtke helped defeat hostile amendments. He also played a role in passage of the Maryland Dream Act, giving undocumented immigrants the right to in state tuition at Maryland Universities. In that debate, he was quoted by the Baltimore Sun as arguing that, "We are talking about children. They didn't make the decision to cross the border," and therefore should not be punished for decisions their parents made. He was among the leaders of the effort led by backbenchers in 2014 that resulted in the partial decriminalization of marijuana possession in the state.
In January 2013, Luedtke was appointed to chair the Financial Resources Subcommittee, which oversees the lottery, casino gambling, and horse racing. He was also appointed as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight. He continued to serve as Chair of that subcommittee until 2017, when he was appointed to chair the Education Subcommittee, which oversees education policy in the state from pre-kindergarten through higher higher education.
Luedtke has advocated in the legislature on a broad range of issues, most notably education, the environment, and for the rights of people with disabilities. During the 2012 legislative session, he argued during floor debate for passage of a bill increasing Maryland's minimum legal age for dropping out of school. He was the lead sponsor in the House of Delegates of Maryland's successful ban on possession and sale of shark fin, part of an international effort to protect shark populations. In 2017, he led efforts to reduce standardized testing in schools and limit the state's ability to privatize public schools, a fight that eventually resulted in the legislature overriding Governor Larry Hogan's veto of the Protect Our Schools Act.
2010 Democratic Primary
In 2010, Luedtke ran for the House of Delegates after then-Delegates Herman L. Taylor, Jr. and Karen S. Montgomery decided to run for higher offices. Luedtke was successful in the Democratic primary, coming in third behind incumbent Delegate Anne Kaiser and political staffer Craig Zucker.
|Anne Kaiser (incumbent)||6380||24.1%||Won|
|Robert "Bo" Newsome||2834||10.7%||Lost|
2010 General Election
In the 2010 General Election, Democratic nominees Anne Kaiser, Eric Luedtke and Craig Zucker faced Republican nominees Patricia Fenati, Henry Kahwaty and Maria Peña-Faustino. All Democratic candidates won in a landslide, with Luedtke placing third.
|Anne Kaiser (incumbent)||23503||21.5%||Won|
In 2014, Luedtke, Kaiser, and Zucker ran for re-election. They faced only a single challenger in the primary, winning by wide margins. In the General Election, the three incumbents beat back a strong challenge from Republican candidates buoyed by the off-year wave election and the election of Republican Governor Larry Hogan.
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- Bykowicz, Julie. "House in state tuition debate delayed a day". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
- "How Marijuana Decriminalization Passed the House". The Seventh State. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
- Newcomer, Cara (April 6, 2017). "Lawmakers override Hogan's Protect Our Schools Act veto". Cecil Whig. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
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- "District 14 team looks forward to getting down to business". The Gazette. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
- "GEMS ELECTION RESULTS". Montgomery County Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.