Mary L. Washington
MARY L. WASHINGTON
Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City
James Senate Office Building, Room 102
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3145 (toll free)
fax: (410) 841-3957, (301) 858-3957
Senator Mary Washington is an advocate for Maryland’s 43rd District as a legislator, professor,
ally, public policy leader and trail-blazer.
Born in Philadelphia, Mary Washington began her professional career teaching at a Catholic
elementary school. Her scholarly interests and dedication to serving at-risk populations and
urban communities brought her to Baltimore where she earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology
from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Washington began her academic career as an assistant
professor at Lehigh University, was awarded post-graduate fellow at the Population Studies
Center of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a member of the part-time faculty at
the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
In 2010, Mary made history becoming the first openly LGBT African-American elected official in
Maryland – and only the second such state legislator in the country. As a current Senator and
over her two-terms as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, she has 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 receive fair
and equitable funding, and helping unaccompanied homeless youth get the services and
support they need. Senator Washington has passed landmark legislation that bars the
inhumane practice of shackling female prisoners during labor and delivery; sponsored and
passed the nation’s first law protecting social media (Facebook) password privacy; Secured
stronger safeguards from electronic harassment via text or direct messaging; won new
restrictions on price-gouging and abusive treatment of consumers by rent-to-own stores
targeting low-income and minority communities; and passed the state’s first legislation
establishing the community schools model as the statewide strategy for addressing
concentrated poverty. Her work as a Legislator has earned the trust of her colleagues and
constituents on budget and tax issues, as well as, the impact of funding choices on Maryland’s
Senator Washington’s current and previous appointments include:
• Member of Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, Maryland State
• Member of the House Appropriations Committee, House of Delegates.
• Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, House of Delegates.
• First director of the Baltimore City Housing Department’s CitiStat program.
• Interim Director of 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 youth to good, green
• President of the Abell Improvement Association, the community association for a
diverse and vibrant North Baltimore neighborhood.
In Annapolis, Senator Washington serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Ending
Homelessness, the Joint Committee on Children Youth and Families, and the Task Force to
Study Crime Classification and Penalties. She also sits on the State of Maryland Criminal
Justice Advisory Board. She served as Deputy Majority Whip in 2015-16 and on the
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Task Force in 2013-14. Senator Washington is a member of
Women Legislators of Maryland and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and an Associate
Member of the Latino Legislative Caucus.
A devout activist, Senator Washington played a leading role in legislative work to establish
marriage equality, prevent discrimination against transgender Marylanders, eliminate the death
penalty, implement the Maryland DREAM Act, advance environmental justice, and win
additional funding for Baltimore’s public schools.