Elected in 2010 to the Maryland General Assembly, Kathy Szeliga was sworn into the House of Delegates on January 12, 2011. Kathy serves on the Appropriations Committee, Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Oversight Committee on Pensions, Maryland Veterans Caucus, and the House Emergency Medical Services Workgroup.
Kathy was elected by her caucus to be the Minority Whip in the House of Delegates in 2013. Together with Leader Nic Kipke, Whip Szeliga leads the House GOP Caucus as they work hard to defend common sense conservative ideas in the very liberal Maryland House of Delegates.
Born in 1961 in Baltimore, Kathy was raised in a military family. She moved numerous times throughout her childhood. Her father was deployed to Korea twice and Vietnam once while she was growing up, giving Kathy a special understanding of the sacrifices of both our military personnel and the families they leave behind.
Married for more than 32 years to Mark Szeliga, they have two married sons: Eric & Amanda, and Steve & Christy.
At the age of 32, Kathy graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She graduated with highest honors, summa cum laude. Kathy knows the importance of a good education, as well as the challenges that our non-traditional students face as they earn a college degree.
Kathy and her husband, Mark, started a construction general contracting business 27 years ago. Kathy understands how difficult it is to start and maintain a small business in Maryland's tough business climate. Kathy is committed to being a strong voice for all small businesses.
Maryland Business for Responsive Government, the political business watchdog group in Annapolis, awarded Kathy the Blue Ribbon award in 2013. She maintains an A rating with this group for her consistent conservative votes against higher taxes and more unnecessary regulations.
Kathy served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Andy Harris (now Congressman Andy Harris) for six years. She also worked as a legislative aide to Delegates John Trueschler and Jim Kelly, both from Baltimore County.
Community service has always been a large part of Kathy's life. Kathy has been both a teacher and leader in her local church's youth program for more than 25 years where she continues to serve. Kathy has been an active member of Grace Community Church in Kingsville for about 20 years.
While her children were in school, Kathy always played an active part in the PTA and classroom. Kathy was a board member with the Association of Maryland Families, a non-partisan organization whose purpose is to educate voters and politicians to keep their commitment to both liberty and law, preserving the family values that have defined greatness in our Country and the State of Maryland.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga has dedicated her life to her family, their family business, and the citizens of Baltimore and Harford Counties. Her faith is the basis on which she lives her life. Kathy's involvement in business, government, education, church, cultural and civic activities in Maryland has been diverse and extensive and helps to make Kathy an effective Maryland State Delegate.
2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW PART 2 There was just too much to share in one email about the 90-day legislative session! Here is part 2 of 2. April 9th was Delegate Sue Aumann's last day serving on the floor of the House of Delegates. Delegate Aumann has served the people of Maryland with integrity and honor for the last 16 years. Sue is an exemplary public servant who has earned the respect of her constituents and her colleagues.
2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW PART 1 The 2018 legislative session came to a close at midnight on Monday, April 9th. It has been said that, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” This great quote is generally attributed to Mark Twain, but he may have borrowed it from someone else. This was a common sense session and with Governor Hogan’s leadership and my full support, Maryland won.
Senator Oaks finally resigns from the State Senate State Senator Nathaniel T. Oaks, under indictment on political corruption charges, resigned from the Maryland Senate Thursday. Oaks entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Court, though it was unclear which charge or charges of the 10 corruption counts against him he would plead guilty to. Senator Oakes admitted to taking bribes, including more than $15,000 in cash and season tickets to the Ravens, as well as other things.
Sorrowful day I am grief-stricken over the horrific news of the school shooting in St. Mary’s County. No parent should have to worry about their child’s safety when they send them off to school every morning. Because of the heroic actions of the School Resource Officer, Blaine Gaskill, lives were most likely saved. Last night, 16 year old Jaelynn Wiley, was taken off life support and she passed away today. Jaelynn was the victim of Tuesday’s shooting.
New Senator! Just over one week ago, Senator Wayne Norman of Harford County died suddenly. Wayne was a good friend and great senator, not to mention wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is already missed. Today, Wayne’s wife, Linda Norman, was sworn in to fill out Wayne’s term. She was joined on the Dias to be sworn in by her son, Chip. I know Linda will do a great job representing the people of Harford and Cecil Counties.
State Legislator of the Week I am very honored to have been named the American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Week! https://www.alec.org/article/state-legislator-of-the-week-maryland-state-delegate-kathy-szeliga/ ALEC is America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism. There are representatives from all 50 states and we share best practices and solutions to make our states better. Sanctuary State - Poll Results - Sign the Petition!