Pat McDonough

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Patrick L. McDonough
Patrick L. McDonough (2012).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 7
Assumed office
January 8, 2003
Preceded by Nancy M. Hubers
Maryland House of Delegates
In office
January 10, 1979 – January 12, 1983
Preceded by John Linz
Succeeded by Joe Miedusiewski
Personal details
Born (1943-09-12) September 12, 1943 (age 73)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Residence Middle River, Maryland
Profession entrepreneur

Patrick L. McDonough (born September 12, 1943) is a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates. He represents District 7, which covers Baltimore and Harford Counties, along with fellow Republicans J.B. Jennings and Richard K Impallaria. He also served in the House from 1979 to 1983 as a Democrat.[1]


McDonough attended Baltimore parochial schools. He then attended Baltimore City College. He later attended the University of Baltimore.


McDonough has been a radio talk show host and producer. He is the president of the Maryland Leadership Council and the Future Leaders of America. He is a founding member of the Maryland Coalition Against Crime. He is a member of the Route 40 Business Civic Association and the Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce. He is also active with the Hawthorn Civic Association, the Joppa Residents Council, and the Harford County Pro Life group.

McDonough is also a part of the President's Rally for America and the Classroom Coalition since 2004. He serves as the host for "Inside Annapolis", which is produced by Harford Community College Television. He is co-Chair of the Annual Flag-waving Tribute to Victims and Families of 9-11.

McDonough is known for his continual push to make English the official language for the State of Maryland.

In March 2007, a resolution was sponsored by State Senator Nathaniel Exum called for the state of Maryland to officially apologize for its role in slavery. McDonough criticized the bill as being a "superficial gesture designed to make people feel guilty".[2] Additionally, he mentioned that, "I don't think apologies solve anything." McDonough was one of six dissenting votes in the House. Slavery existed in Maryland since 1642, was legally formalized in 1664, and was abolished under Maryland law by a new state constitution in 1864.

In July 2007, McDonough called for the impeachment of Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Katherine Savage who released a non-English-speaking rape suspect when he demanded a court-appointed interpreter and none were available. The suspect speaks Vai, a West African language. Judge Savage claimed that not having an interpreter denied the suspect his Constitutional right to a speedy trial, as provided by the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Delegate McDonough maintained that the defendant did not need an interpreter, as he had attended both high school and college in the U.S., and had been successfully interviewed (in English) four times during the course of the investigation.

McDonough's circulated widely in early 2012 as he mounted a legislative challenge to the neighboring District of Columbia's Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.

McDonough's current radio program can be heard on WCBM AM680 radio in Baltimore on Saturday evenings from 8pm to 10pm.

Legislative notes[edit]

  • Supports continued criminal prohibition of marijuana, stating in March, 2015, regarding legalization, "Who's the winner? The drug dealer. Who's the loser? The community."[3]
  • Opponent of criminal law reform in regard to non-violent crime, stating in March, 2015, regarding a number of Maryland state bills aimed at reducing incarceration, "Power to the criminal. This is the year of the criminal, apparently."[4]
  • voted against the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[2]
  • voted against in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007 (HB6)[3]
  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[4]
  • voted for slots in 2005 (HB1361)[5]

Election results[edit]

  • 2006 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 7[5]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Richard K Impallaria, Rep. 21,333   18.7%    Won
J. B. Jennings, Rep. 21,189   18.6%    Won
Pat McDonough, Rep. 23,184   20.3%    Won
Linda W. Hart, Dem. 17,122   15.0%    Lost
Jack Sturgill, Dem. 15,390   15.0%    Lost
Rebecca L. Nelson, Dem. 13,481   11.8%    Lost
Kim Fell, Green 2,307   2.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 83   0.1%    Lost
  • 2002 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 7[6]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Richard Impallaria, Rep. 18,749   17.0%    Won
J. B. Jennings, Rep. 22,470   20.4%    Won
Pat McDonough, Rep. 20,869   18.9%    Won
Michael F. Linder, Libertarian 2.817   2.6%    Lost
Jack Sturgill, Dem. 15,390   15.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 80   0.1%    Lost

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