When Maryland State Senator Mary Washington was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2010, she made history as the first openly LGBTQ African American elected official in the state.
In her eight years in the House of Delegates, she distinguished herself as a leader fighting for affordable access to water, protecting families at risk of losing their homes to unfair tax sales and foreclosures, making sure Baltimore city schools got the fair and equitable funding they deserve and helping unaccompanied homeless youth get the services and support they needed.
After serving on both the House Appropriations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, Delegate Washington won the trust of her colleagues and constituents as an expert and a leader on budget and tax issues and on the impact of those funding choices on families across Maryland.
Born in Philadelphia, Sen. Washington began her professional career teaching at a Catholic elementary school. Her dedication to serving at-risk students and drive to understand the needs of urban communities brought her to Baltimore to study sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins in 1997, then taught sociology at Lehigh University before taking a post-doctoral fellowship at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Washington has served as:
First director of the Baltimore City Housing Department’s CitiStat program.
Interim Director of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, a project that collects and analyzes data important to neighborhoods.
Associate Director of the Parks & People Foundation, where she advanced urban sustainability and urban farming projects and helped connect city youths to good green jobs that can help open up a greener future for the city and a brighter future for their careers.
President of the Abell Improvement Association, the community association for a diverse and vibrant North Baltimore neighborhood.