Michael Hough (politician)

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Michael J. Hough
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
January 15, 2015
Preceded byDavid R. Brinkley
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 3B district
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 15, 2015
Preceded byCharles A. Jenkins
Succeeded byWilliam Folden
Personal details
Born (1979-11-04) November 4, 1979 (age 39)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joeylynn Hough

Michael Hough (born November 4, 1979) serves in the Maryland Senate representing District 4, which covers portions of Frederick and Carroll Counties. He was formerly a Delegate and chairman and of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee.[1] Hough is also the former president of the Maryland Republican Assembly.[2] He is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), serving as Maryland state leader.[3]


Hough received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Towson University.[4][5]


Hough served in the United States Air Force as a Nuclear Arms Technician, in which he was tasked with draining the excess water at the bottom of the silo; he was stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Michael previously served as the legislative aide to Maryland State Senator Alex X. Mooney. He was also the campaign manager for Sen. Mooney's successful re-election campaign.[6] In 2006, Hough ran for and won a position on the Frederick County Republican Central Committee.[7]

A seat in the House of Delegates opened up unexpectedly in 2009 when Republican-turned-Independent Delegate Richard Weldon resigned. Hough was nominated by the Frederick and Washington County Republican leadership to serve out the rest of Weldon's term, along with Frederick County Commissioner Charles A. Jenkins. Both names were submitted to Governor Martin O'Malley, who ultimately selected Jenkins to complete the term.[8]

Hough ran against Jenkins when the term expired in 2010 and defeated him 68%-32%.[9]

Redistricting after the 2010 election placed Hough in the new 4th District, which included almost none of the District 3B he was representing. Nevertheless, Hough decided to run for State Senate, challenging incumbent Republican David R. Brinkley. Hough accused Brinkley of being a "tax-and-spend liberal"[10] and of being too close to the Democratic majority and then-Governor Martin O'Malley. Hough defeated Brinkley in the primary election, 68%-32%.[11]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2014 Race for Maryland State Senate – District 4[12]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Michael Hough, Rep. 31,414   67.7%    Won
Dan Rupli, Dem. 14,873   32.1%    Lost
  • 2014 Republican Primary Race for Maryland State Senate – District 4[11]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Michael Hough, Rep. 8,946   67.7%    Won
David R. Brinkley, Rep. 4,261   32.3%    Lost
  • 2010 Race for Maryland State Delegate – District 3B[13]
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Michael Hough, Rep. 10,090   57.4%    Won
Paul Gilligan, Dem. 7,444   42.4%    Lost


  1. ^ "Hough named county GOP chairman". WTOP. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  2. ^ "Maryland Republican Assembly". Maryland Republican Assembly. Archived from the original on 2004-09-29. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
  3. ^ http://www.alec.org/about-alec/state-chairmen/
  4. ^ "Michael Hough". American Legislative Exchange Council. Archived from the original on October 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120104005459/http://www.alec.org/about-alec/state-chairmen/
  6. ^ "Michael Hough Biography". Hough For Delegate. Archived from the original on 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  7. ^ "Maryland Central Committees - Republican Party". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
  8. ^ "Md. gov picks Charles Jenkins for delegate seat". Cecil Whig. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "2010 Gubernatorial Primary: House of Delegates". Maryland Board of Elections. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  11. ^ a b "State Senate Primary Results, 2014". Maryland State Board of Elections. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "2014 primary results" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  12. ^ "2014 Election Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on May 22, 2015
  13. ^ "2010 General Election Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on May 22, 2015

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