Mary Washington

Maryland State Senate, District 43


Mary will be the first openly lesbian member of the Maryland State Senate.


Mary was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates on November 6, 2010, making history as Maryland’s first openly LGBTQ African-American elected to state office in Maryland, and the second in the country. To this day, she remains the only openly LGBTQ African American in the Maryland General Assembly. Currently in her second term as State Delegate, Mary Washington has been an independent and outspoken voice for practical, progressive policies. She’s a consistent leader on fair funding for Baltimore schools and support services for homeless youth, while serving as a fierce advocate for affordable water and ending the unjust practice of tax sales and foreclosures that prey on even the most hardworking men and women. She was instrumental in fighting for the Maryland marriage equality bill in the legislature and played a key role in marriage equality winning its referendum vote. A native of Philadelphia, Mary earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the part-time faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Mary will be the first openly lesbian member of the Maryland State Senate.
  • Mary will be the first openly LGBTQ African-American member of the Maryland State Senate.
  • Because Senator Rich Madaleno, the only current LGBTQ member of the State Senate, is giving up his seat to run for Maryland Governor, Mary’s election will ensure LGBTQ presence in the Maryland State Senate.

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