Kendel Ehrlich

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Kendel Ehrlich
First Lady of Maryland
In role
January 15, 2003 – January 17, 2007
Preceded by Jennifer Glendening
Succeeded by Katie O'Malley
Personal details
Born Kendel Sibiski
(1961-10-08) October 8, 1961 (age 55)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Spouse(s) Robert Ehrlich (m. July 24, 1993)[1]
Children Drew Robert (age 17)[2] and Joshua Taylor (age 13)[3]
Alma mater University of Delaware (1983),[4] University of Baltimore School of Law (1987)[5]
Occupation Assistant Public Defender (1990–1995);[4] County Prosecutor (4 years);[6] Cable television Lawyer, Consultant, Producer (1997–2007);[7] Bank Director (from 2007)[8][9]
Profession Attorney (licensed 1987)[10]

Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich is a former First Lady of Maryland, having served from 2003 to 2007 during the administration of Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich.[11][12] She is the first woman of Polish descent to have been Maryland's First Lady.[1]

From 1990 to 1995,[4] Ehrlich was an Assistant Public Defender in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.[6][13] She also served for four years as a prosecutor with Harford County, Maryland.[6] From 1997 to 2007, Ehrlich worked for Comcast Cable in various capacities,[14] initially as a lawyer, then part-time as a consultant and later a television show producer.[7] An attorney, Mrs. Ehrlich was active in various policy issues while serving as First Lady.[11] After her husband left office, Ehrlich took a job as a Director for BankAnnapolis.[8]

On October 3, 2003, during her first year as First Lady, Mrs. Ehrlich spoke at a domestic violence function and made the statement, "You know, really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would." She apologized to Spears, and a spokesperson later said that the incident "inadvertently used a figure of speech."[15]

Since leaving public office, Ehrlich and her husband have hosted a Saturday radio show on WBAL-AM.[16][17] By mid-2009, rumors began to surface regarding the prospect of Kendel Ehrlich's running for elected office herself.[6] Her husband was defeated by Martin O'Malley in the 2006 and 2010 Maryland gubernatorial races.

On March 2, 2015, longtime U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek re-election in 2016. Former First Lady Kendel Ehrlich has been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for the open seat in the forthcoming 2016 Senate election.[18][19]


  1. ^ a b Poremski, Richard P. (November 7, 2006). "Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich – Maryland's 1st Polish First Lady". Polish Culture. Jagoda Urban-Klaehn. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ "CPWN Newsletter" (PDF). Chesapeake Professional Women's Network. September 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ Nitkin, David (April 23, 2004). "For baby Ehrlich, gifts of glitterati". The Morning Call. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Canavan, Kathy (2003). "At home in the governor's mansion". UD Messenger. University of Delaware. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Putting the Bully Pulpit to Good Use". University of Baltimore Alumni Magazine. University of Baltimore. Spring 2003. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d Smitherman, Laura (August 9, 2009). "Kendel Ehrlich weighing run?". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 16, 2009. She served five years as a public defender in Anne Arundel County... 
  7. ^ a b Green, Andrew A. (March 8, 2006). "Kendel Ehrlich Reveals Salary". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "BankAnnapolis :: Officers & Directors :: Kendel S. Ehrlich". SNL Financial. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  9. ^ "BankAnnapolis Names Kendel Ehrlich to Board of Directors". Gale Group. January 22, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich". Avvo. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b Mosk, Matthew (June 26, 2005). "A Light-as-Air Image Veils Kendel Ehrlich's Political Heft". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  12. ^ "2006 Speakers" (PDF). Association of Maryland Families. 2006. pp. 8–9. Retrieved July 30, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Funk, Deborah (July 29, 1992). "'Car Trouble' Robber Pleads Guilty, Gets Drug Treatment". The Capital. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Kendel S. Ehrlich Profile". Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Mrs. Ehrlich: I Really Regret Making Britney Statement". WBAL TV. Internet Broadcasting Systems. October 9, 2003. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  16. ^ Wagner, John (March 18, 2007). "Ehrlich Out of Office but Not Out of Sight". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Robert and Kendel Ehrlich Show". RadioTime. Retrieved August 16, 2009. 
  18. ^ Wenger, Yvonne (March 2, 2015). "Who are the candidates to succeed Barbara Mikulski?". Capital Gazette. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  19. ^ Levinson, Alexis (March 2, 2015). "Long List of Possible Barbara Mikulski Successors". Roll Call. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Jennifer Crawford Glendening
First Lady of Maryland
January 15, 2003 – January 17, 2007
Succeeded by
Catherine Curran O'Malley