Mary Kane

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Mary Kane
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Mary Kane speaks to supporters in the Canton square in Baltimore, Maryland
Secretary of State of Maryland
In office
2005–2007
Preceded by R. Karl Aumann
Succeeded by Dennis C. Schnepfe

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]

Education[edit]

She graduated from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a BS in Business and Finance in 1984. After staying at home for 9 years to raise her three children, she went back to school and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1999.

In 2016, she became the first woman to Chair the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Mount St. Mary's University, a 200 year old catholic university and seminary, during a very tumultuous time in the institution's history.[5] [6] [7] [8]

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. Kane was the fourth woman, and first Republican woman, to hold the Secretary of State office in Maryland. During her tenure she also served as the Chair of the Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs and as a Member on the Governor's Executive Council, the Governor's Interagency Council for the Nonprofit Sector, the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments, and the Board of State Canvassers.[9]

As Secretary of State, Kane was instrumental in the passage of the legislation establishing the Maryland "Safe at Home" program for victims of domestic violence in 2006.[10]

Before that, she was Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Legal Counsel (2003–2005).

Business career[edit]

Kane was admitted to Maryland Bar in 2001. She was Of Counsel with the Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger law firm in 2001-02.

After her term as Secretary of State, Kane served as an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County, MD from 2007 to 2008.

From 2008 to 2011, Kane worked at the United States Chamber of Commerce as an Executive Director, where she developed and launched the successful Military and Veterans Employment program titled "Hiring Our Heroes." In 2010, she took a leave of absence from the US Chamber to run for Lieutenant Governor.[11]

In 2016, Kane was named as one of the Top 25 Women Who Mean Business in Washington, DC.[12]

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.[13]

Family[edit]

Mary currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, John (who is the former Chair of the Maryland Republican Party),[14] and their three children Jack, Grace, and Elizabeth. Mary is the daughter of Irish immigrants.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
R. Karl Aumann
Secretary of State of Maryland
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Dennis C. Schnepfe