Kathleen Dumais

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Kathleen Dumais
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Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
Preceded byWilliam Frick
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 15th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2003
Preceded byRichard A. La Vay
Mark K. Shriver
Personal details
Born (1958-07-05) July 5, 1958 (age 60)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMount Vernon Seminary and College (BA)
University of Maryland, Baltimore (JD)

Kathleen M. Dumais (born July 5, 1958) is an American politician and represents the 15th District of the House of Delegates in the State of Maryland, encompassing the western and northern portions of Montgomery County. Born in La Jolla, California, Dumais grew up in Maryland and eventually pursued a degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. As an attorney, she specialized in family and juvenile law and had a career-long interest in education, at one point working as a teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools.

In 2002, Dumais was elected to the House of Delegates from District 15, which includes Potomac, Germantown, and a large swath of rural northern Montgomery County. She sits on the Judiciary Committee and has served on the Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, and as the Parliamentarian for the House of Delegates.

In 2018, it was announced that Dumais would become the next House Majority Leader for the House of Delegates.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • voted for the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[1]
  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006(SB154)[2]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[3]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[4]
  • voted in favor of slots (HB4) in the 2007 Special session [1]


  • 2005 Legislative Award from the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV)[2]
  • 2007 Public Policy Award from the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) [2]
  • 2008 Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW)[2]
  • 2009 Public Policy Award from the Maryland Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys[2]

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 15[3]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Kathleen M. Dumais, Dem. 25,781   21.6%    Won
Brian J. Feldman, Dem. 25,760   21.6%    Won
Craig L. Rice, Dem. 20,202   17.0%    Won
Jean B. Cryor, Rep. 20,050   16.8%    Lost
Brian Mezger, Rep. 14,112   11.8%    Lost
Chris Pilkerton, Rep. 13,174   11.1%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 15[3]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Jean B. Cryor, Rep. 20,584   18.7%    Won
Brian J. Feldman, Dem. 19,719   17.9%    Won
Kathleen M. Dumais, Dem. 19,246   17.5%    Won
John Young, Dem. 17,358   15.8%    Lost
William Ferner Askinazi, Rep. 16,693   15.2%    Lost
Mary Kane, Rep. 16,579   15.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 42   0.0%    Lost


  1. ^ "HouseBill 4 3rd Reading Vote Tally". Maryland Department of Legislative Information Services. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kathleen Dumais, Principal". Paley Rothman. Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  3. ^ a b "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on Nov. 20, 2007
Maryland House of Delegates
Preceded by
William Frick
Majority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates