Jeannie Haddaway

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Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio
Secretary of Natural Resources
Assumed office
March 8, 2019
GovernorLarry Hogan
Preceded byMark J. Belton
Secretary of Natural Resources
Acting
In office
February 4, 2019 – March 8, 2019
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor
In office
January 5, 2016 – February 4, 2019
GovernorLarry Hogan
Preceded byMichael Richard
Succeeded byStephen E. Schatz
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Governor
In office
2015 – January 5, 2016
GovernorLarry Hogan
Succeeded byKristal Q. Hartsfield
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 37B district
In office
August 19, 2003 – January 3, 2015
Serving with Adelaide C. Eckardt
Preceded byKenneth D. Schisler
Succeeded byChristopher T. Adams & Johnny Mautz
Personal details
Born (1977-04-30) April 30, 1977 (age 42)
Easton, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Alma materSalisbury University, B.A. (political science), 1999

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (born April 30, 1977) is Maryland's Secretary of Natural Resources. She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (2016-2019); as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Hogan (2015-2016); and as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, from District 37B (2003-2015).[1][2]

Background[edit]

Jeannie Haddaway was born in Easton, Maryland, but grew up in Neavitt. She was first appointed to office in 2003 by Governor Bob Ehrlich to replace Kenneth D. Schisler who was appointed as the Chair of the Maryland Public Service Commission.[3] At the time, Haddaway was the youngest member of the Maryland House of Delegates.[3] District 37B covers parts of Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, & Wicomico counties. In 2006, she ran for her first election and, along with Adelaide Eckardt, handily defeated her Democratic challengers. Delegate Haddaway is a member of the Easton Church of God, serving as a Sunday school teacher there.

Education[edit]

Haddaway graduated from St. Michaels High School in St. Michael's, MD. After high school, she attended Salisbury University and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in art/graphic design.[2]

Career[edit]

After college, she took a position as an administrative assistant for the Maryland Department of the Environment and eventually obtained a position as a public affairs specialist. She worked at MDE until 2000.

In 2001, she became a Development Officer for the Maryland-DC Office of the National Audubon Society and worked there until 2003. While working for the National Audubon Society, she started her own company, Dragonfly Designs, LLC., which is a graphic and web-design company.

Haddaway took a big step in her political career in 2002 when she became a member of the Talbot County Republican Central Committee and has served as vice-chair. She is also a member of the Mid-Shore League of Republican Women, and the Republicans for Environmental Protection. She is the founder and past president of Mid-Shore Young Republicans, a founding member of Delmarva Planned Giving Council, a member of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, the Talbot County Young Professionals, the Leave A Legacy Delmarva, and the Rotaract of Easton.

As a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, she serves as the Minority Whip. She is on the Economic Matters Committee and various sub-committees. She is an Executive Board Member of the Legislative Policy Committee for the Women's Caucus. She is the Treasurer of the Eastern Shore Delegation and is the Chair of the Talbot County Delegation.

Haddaway was appointed to the Federal Relations Committee, Task Force on Renewable Fuels, the Rural Maryland Council and the Electric Universal Service Program Workgroup. She was also President Elect, Women's Caucus and Chair, Talbot County Delegation.[2]

She was a candidate for Lt. Governor in Maryland.[4]

2014 Gubernatorial Election[edit]

On July 7, 2013, Republican David R. Craig officially announced that Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as his running mate in his bid for the governor of Maryland in 2014. Jeannie Haddaway, native of Eastern Shore of Maryland, said at a news conference in Annapolis that she has spent almost a decade as an Eastern Shore lawmaker fighting for lower taxes and a better business climate. She says she has also worked for a greater balance between environmental interests and the interests of agriculture and commercial fishing.[5][6]

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 37B[7]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Adelaide C. Eckardt, Rep. 19,980   34.5%    Won
Jeannie Haddaway, Rep. 18,677   32.2%    Won
James A. Adkins, Dem. 9,640   16.6%    Lost
Tim Quinn, Dem. 9,588   16.6%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 34   0.1%    Lost

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, Connie (January 21, 2019). "Hogan names Haddaway-Riccio natural resources secretary". Kent County News. Chestertown, Maryland. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "biography". votehaddaway.com. Friends of Jeannie Haddaway. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  4. ^ "Jeannie Haddaway Official Home Page". jeanniehaddaway.com. Friends of Jeannie Haddaway. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "David Craig picks Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as running mate". WJLA-TV. Associated Press. July 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Republican David Craig Announces Running Mate". WRC-TV. Associated Press. July 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for House of Delegates". elections.maryland.gov. Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved September 30, 2007.

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