Mary Louise Preis

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Mary Louise Preis
Member of the
Maryland House of Delegates
from District 34
In office
Preceded by B. Daniel Riley
Succeeded by Charles R. Boutin
Constituency Harford County
Personal details
Born (1941-10-10) October 10, 1941 (age 75)
Jacksonville, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Mary Louise Preis (born October 10, 1941) is an American politician who represented district 34 in the Maryland House of Delegates. She was first elected in 1990 and served until 1999.

Early life and education[edit]

Delegate Preis was born in Jacksonville, Illinois. Preis graduated from Fontbonne College with her associate degree in 1963 (cum laude), (Woodrow Wilson Fellow). She received her Master's of Science Degree (with distinction) in 1967 from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Finally she graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1983 with her J.D. (cum laude). She was admitted to Maryland Bar, in 1983.


While a member of the Maryland House of Delegates Mary Louis Preis was a member of the Judiciary Committee from 1991 until 1997, serving as chair of the gaming, law, & regulation subcommittee. She was also on the Appropriations Committee from 1997 until 1999, the House Facilities Committee from 1993 until 1999. She was House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review from 1995 until 1999. Finally, she was a member of the Law and Justice Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures from 1996 until 1999. She is a former chair of the Harford County Delegation.

Prior to serving in the Maryland General Assembly, Delegate Preis was a practicing attorney. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees at Harford Community College from 1978 until 1988. She also was an Assistant Attorney General from 1985 until 1990, when she first got elected.

Delegate Preis has won several awards in her career including Outstanding Service Award from the Maryland Bar Association in 1995 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Route 40 Business Association in 1998. In 1998, 2000, and 2002, she was named in one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Daily Record in their Circle of Excellence.

After serving as a State Delegate, Preis was appointed as Commissioner of the Office of Financial Regulation for the State of Maryland.[1] After she left this position, she worked for Citigroup. Preis has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.[2]

Election results[edit]

  • 1994 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 34[3]

Voters choose three:

Name Votes Percent Outcome
Nancy Jacobs, Rep. 18,091   20%    Won
Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Dem. 17,762   20%    Won
Mary Louise Preis, Dem. 17,380   19%    Won
B. Daniel Riley, Dem. 13,891   15%    Lost
Scott Williams, Rep. 12,362   14%    Lost
Kenneth A. Thompson, Rep. 10,576   12%    Lost
  • 1990 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 34 - Harford County[4]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Dem. 13,373   19%    Won
Mary Louise Preis, Dem. 13,045   19%    Won
David R. Craig, Rep. 12,031   18%    Won
William H. Cox Jr., Dem. 10,296   15%    Lost
David M. Meadows, Rep. 10,069   15%    Lost
Cecil W. Wood, Rep. 9,840   14%    Lost


  1. ^ Maryland Daily Record
  2. ^ Daily Kos
  3. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Oct. 13, 2007
  4. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 3, 2007

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