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.
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!
Sanctuary State Update - ACTION NEEDED! Some in Annapolis would like to turn Maryland into a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants. Most people think this is not the right track for Maryland. I am the sponsor of HB 1308, Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2018. This bill will require law enforcement to turn over illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) if asked.
Russians in Maryland polling places Do you think foreign nationals should be openly invited into our polling places on Election Day? A couple of Annapolis Democrat Senators do! For all the complaints about potential foreign involvement in U.S. elections, some Maryland Democrats sure were trying to invite outside influences into our elections. First, they tried to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. Now, they have introduced SB 190 that would give international election observers the same rights as a U.
Patriot Picket Arrested! Two 2nd Amendment activists were arrested during a peaceful protest on Monday night. Kevin and Jeff Hulbert are members of The Patriot Picket, an organization that supports 2nd Amendment rights. They have been staging peaceful protests in Annapolis for the past three years.I love these guys! House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and I worked with all pertinent parties to make sure that the Capitol Police dropped the charges against Kevin and Jeff.
Defending our 1st and 2nd Amendments Monday night, we had a press conference supporting Kevin and Jeff Hulbert who were arrested last Monday night for peacefully protesting in Annapolis. There is no surprise to know the charges were dropped against Jeff and Kevin. They never should have been arrested. Directly after the press conference, there was a huge protest with hundreds of people right outside the House Office Building! Please help by signing the petition.