List of current members of the Maryland Senate

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Party Composition of Maryland State Senate districts.

The Maryland Senate is the upper house of the Maryland General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Maryland. One Senator is elected from each of the state's 47 electoral districts. As of January 2010, 33 of those seats are held by Democrats and 14 by Republicans. The leader of the Senate is known as the President, a position currently held by Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., who represents Charles and Prince George's counties. In addition, Senators elect a President Pro Tempore, and the respective party caucuses elect a majority and minority leader and a majority and minority whip.

Senators are elected in even-numbered years when the President of the United States is not being elected, similar to most other state offices in Maryland. The most recent election was in November 2014. Senators are not term-limited. Should a Senator resign from office before his or her term expires, the local central committee of the party to which the retiring senator belonged makes a recommendation to the Governor for whom to appoint to the open seat. It is tradition for the Governor to appoint the recommended person.[1] Four of the current members of the Maryland State Senate were originally appointed, two of whom have since been elected in their own right.[2] Newly elected Senators are sworn in and begin work on the second Wednesday of the January following their election.[3]

Each Senator has at least one standing committee assignment. The first is to one of the four legislative committees: Budget and Taxation; Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (listed in this table as Education, Health, and Environment); Finance; or Judicial Proceedings. A number of Senators have secondary committee assignments, most prominently to the Executive Nominations Committee, which oversees the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to approve nominations by the Governor. Assignment to the Rules or Executive Nominations committees or to any Ad Hoc committees is not noted.

Current party composition[edit]

Affiliation Members
Democratic Party 33
Republican Party 14

Current leadership[edit]

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate Miller, Jr., Thomas V. MikeThomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Democratic 27
President pro tem McFadden, Nathaniel J.Nathaniel J. McFadden Democratic 45
Majority Leader Peters, Douglas J. J.Douglas J. J. Peters Democratic 23
Majority Whip Gladden, Lisa A.Lisa A. Gladden Democratic 41
Majority Whip Raskin, JamieJamie Raskin Democratic 20
Minority Leader Jennings, J.B.J.B. Jennings Republican 4
Minority Whip Hershey Jr., Stephen S.Stephen S. Hershey Jr. Republican 5

Current State Senators[edit]

Jurisdiction(s) represented
Primary committee
1 Allegany, Garrett, and Washington George C. Edwards (2008).jpg Edwards, George C.George C. Edwards Republican 2006 Finance
2 Washington Andrew Serafini.jpg Serafini, Andrew A.Andrew A. Serafini Republican 2015 Budget and Taxation
3 Frederick and Washington Ronald N. Young (2011).jpg Young, Ronald N.Ronald N. Young Democratic 2010 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
4 Carroll and Frederick Mike-port.jpg Hough, MichaelMichael Hough Republican 2014 Judicial Proceedings
5 Baltimore County and Carroll Maryland Delegate Justin Ready.jpg Ready, JustinJustin Ready Republican 2015 Judicial Proceedings
6 Baltimore County Salling, Johnny RayJohnny Ray Salling Republican 2014 Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
7 Baltimore County and Harford J. B. Jennings (November 2007).jpg J. B. Jennings, J. B. Jennings Republican 2010 Education, Health, and Environment
8 Baltimore County Katherine A. Klausmeier (2008).jpg Klausmeier, Katherine A.Katherine A. Klausmeier Democratic 2002 Finance
9 Carroll and Howard Gail Bates.jpg Bates, Gail H.Gail H. Bates Republican 2014 Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
10 Baltimore County Delores G. Kelley (2009).jpg Kelley, Delores G.Delores G. Kelley Democratic 1994 Finance
11 Baltimore County Robert Zirkin (May 2008).jpg Zirkin, RobertRobert Zirkin Democratic 2006 Budget and Taxation
12 Baltimore County and Howard Edward J. Kasemeyer (2009).jpg Kasemeyer, Edward J.Edward J. Kasemeyer Democratic 1986 Budget and Taxation (Chair)
13 Howard 1senatorrobey.jpg Robey, James N.James N. Robey Democratic 2006 Budget and Taxation
14 Montgomery Karen S. Montgomery (2008).jpg Montgomery, Karen S.Karen S. Montgomery Democratic 2010 Budget and Taxation
15 Montgomery FeldmanHeadshot Web.jpg Feldman, Brian J.Brian J. Feldman Democratic 2013 Finance
16 Montgomery 2016-04-21 1169 Chelsea at Denizens - Sen Susan Lee (26501462321) (cropped).jpg Lee, Susan C.Susan C. Lee Democratic 2014 Judicial Proceedings
17 Montgomery CherylKagan.jpg Cheryl C. Kagan Democratic 2014 Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
18 Montgomery Richard Madaleno (2008).jpg Madaleno, Jr., Richard S.Richard S. Madaleno, Jr. Democratic 2006 Budget and Taxation
19 Montgomery Roger Manno (2007).jpg Manno, RogerRoger Manno Democratic 2010 Budget and Taxation
20 Montgomery Smith, WillWill Smith Democratic 2016
21 Anne Arundel and Prince George's James Rosapepe (2009).jpg Rosapepe, JamesJames Rosapepe Democratic 2006 Education, Health, and Environment
22 Prince George's Paul G. Pinsky (2008).jpg Pinsky, Paul G.Paul G. Pinsky Democratic 1994 Education, Health, and Environment
23 Prince George's Douglas J.J. Peters (2009).jpg Peters, Douglas J.J.Douglas J.J. Peters Democratic 2006 Budget and Taxation
24 Prince George's Joanne C. Benson (2007).jpg Benson, Joanne C.Joanne C. Benson Democratic 2010 Finance
25 Prince George's Currie, UlyssesUlysses Currie Democratic 1994 Budget and Taxation
26 Prince George's C. Anthony Muse (May 2008).jpg Muse, C. AnthonyC. Anthony Muse Democratic 2006 Judicial Proceedings
27 Calvert and Prince George's Thomas V. Mike Miller at Franchot inauguration - cropped.jpg Miller, Jr., Thomas V. MikeThomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. Democratic 1974 President of the Senate[b]
28 Charles Thomas "Mac" Middleton (2008).jpg Middleton, Thomas M. "Mac"Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton Democratic 1994 Finance (Chair)
29 Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Waugh, SteveSteve Waugh Republican 2014 Education, Health, and Environment
30 Anne Arundel John Astle (2008).JPG Astle, JohnJohn Astle Democratic 1994 Finance (Vice-Chair)
31 Anne Arundel Bryan Simonaire (2009).jpg Simonaire, BryanBryan Simonaire Republican 2006 Judicial Proceedings
32 Anne Arundel James E. DeGrange, Sr. (2008).jpg DeGrange, Sr., James E.James E. DeGrange, Sr. Democratic 1998 Budget and Taxation
33 Anne Arundel Edward R. Reilly (2011).jpg Reilly, Edward R.Edward R. Reilly Republican 2009[a] Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
34 Cecil and Harford Cassilly, RobertRobert Cassilly Republican 2014 Judicial Proceedings
35 Harford H. Wayne Norman, Jr. (2008).jpg Norman, WayneWayne Norman Republican 2014 Judicial Proceedings
36 Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne's Stephen S. Hershey, Jr. (2011).jpg Hershey, Jr., Stephen S.Stephen S. Hershey, Jr. Republican 2013
37 Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico Adelaide C. Eckardt (November 2007).jpg Eckardt, Adelaide C.Adelaide C. Eckardt Republican 2014 Budget and Taxation
38 Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester James N. Mathias, Jr (2007).jpg Mathias, Jr, James N.James N. Mathias, Jr Democratic 2010 Budget and Taxation
39 Montgomery Nancy J. King (2009).jpg King, Nancy J.Nancy J. King Democratic 2007 Budget and Taxation
40 Baltimore City Robinson, Barbara A.Barbara A. Robinson Democratic 2016
41 Baltimore City Democratic
42 Baltimore County Jim Brochin (2009).jpg Brochin, JamesJames Brochin Democratic 2002 Judicial Proceedings
43 Baltimore City Joan Carter Conway (2007).jpg Conway, Joan CarterJoan Carter Conway Democratic 1997[a] Education, Health, and Environment (Chair)
44 Baltimore City Verna L. Jones (2007).jpg Jones, Verna L.Verna L. Jones Democratic 2002 Budget and Taxation
45 Baltimore City Nathaniel J. McFadden (2007).jpg McFadden, Nathaniel J.Nathaniel J. McFadden Democratic 1994 Budget and Taxation (Vice-Chair)
46 Baltimore City Bill Ferguson (2011).jpg Ferguson, WilliamWilliam Ferguson Democratic 2010 Education, Health and Environment
47 Prince George's Victor R. Ramirez (2007).jpg Ramirez, Victor R.Victor R. Ramirez Democratic 2010 Finance


a This Senator was originally appointed to office by the Governor to fill an open seat.

b The President of the Senate does not serve on any of the four standing legislative committees. He does, however, serve on both the Executive Nominations and the Rules Committees.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Article III". Constitution of Maryland. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Maryland Senate, Appointments by Governor". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Constitution of Maryland:Article III, Legislative Department". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 

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