Mary Kane

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Mary Kane
Mary Kane speaks to supporters in the Canton square in Baltimore, Maryland
Secretary of State of Maryland
In office
Preceded by R. Karl Aumann
Succeeded by Dennis C. Schnepfe
For those of a similar name, see Mary Cain (disambiguation).

Mary D. Kane (born March 10, 1962) is a Maryland attorney who was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2010, as the running mate of Bob Ehrlich.[1] In October, 2011, Kane became the President and CEO of Sister Cities International.[2] Sister Cities International was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. Membership consists of 550 US cities, counties and states that have over 2000 partnerships in over 140 countries on 6 continents. Kane also sits on the board of Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.[3] and Mount Saint Mary's University.[4]


She graduated from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1984 and the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1999.

Political career[edit]

Kane ran unsuccessfully as Republican candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 15 in 2002. She also ran unsuccessfully for the Montgomery County Council in 2000.

She served as Secretary of State of Maryland from August 2, 2005 to January 17, 2007, and as Member, Governor's Executive Council, Chair, Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs and (2005–2007). Before that, she was Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Legal Counsel, (2003–2005). She has also been a member of the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments 2005-2007), the Governor's Interagency Council for the Nonprofit Sector, 2005–06, and served on the Board of State Canvassers, 2005–07 and Advisory Committee for the Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum, 2005-07.[5]

Business career[edit]

Kane was admitted to Maryland Bar in 2001. She served as an Of Counsel with the Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger law firm in 2001-02. Since 2007, Kane worked at the United States Chamber of Commerce as Director of Special Projects, but took a leave of absence to run for Lieutenant Governor.[6]

From 1997 to 2003, Kane was on the Board of Directors of Kane Co., an office moving company that held contracts with various federal agencies. On July 1, 2010, John Kane notified the Maryland Attorney General that Kane Co. would not bid on any Maryland contracts if his wife were elected Lieutenant Governor.[7]


Mary currently resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband, John (who is the former Chair of the Maryland Republican Party),[8] and their three children. Mary is the daughter of Irish immigrants.


  1. ^ Bykowicz, Julie. story The Baltimore Sun.30 June 2010.
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  6. ^ Wagner, John (July 4, 2010). "A sticky business tie for Md. GOP". Washington Post. p. C1. 
  7. ^ Linskey, Annie (July 3, 2010). "USA v. Kane: False claims lawsuit raises qs". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Ehrlich Picks Mary Kane as Running Mate". WUSA9 News. July 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
Political offices
Preceded by
R. Karl Aumann
Secretary of State of Maryland
Succeeded by
Dennis C. Schnepfe