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.
4th of July Fun! The 4th of July Independence Day Celebration is one of the best holidays. Patriots from every walk of life put aside political differences and celebrate the birth of our nation. I am especially thankful on July 4th to be an American and live in the greatest country in the world. The Kingsville 4th of July parade is absolutely one of the best in Maryland. This year, Governor Hogan attended and the weather was hot as usual.
Tuesday’s Election With your support and encouragement, I’m happy to report to you that I was the top vote- getter in Tuesday’s election in District 7’s House race! Despite numerous negative attacks and some dirty tricks from opponents, voters elected me on Tuesday in the Primary Election out of a crowded race of 13 candidates! Thank you so much for the help of family and friends and for those who voted for me!
Tuesday is the DAY! If you did not vote early, Tuesday is Election Day. Polls open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. Get out there and VOTE!! After 8 years in office, I’m honored to be endorsed and supported by many people and organizations. My biggest endorsement yet comes from my granddaughters, Avery and Ryan! “Vote for my Mom-mom!” Wednesday at 11:00 AM This Wednesday at 11:00 AM, listen in to WBAL radio, 1090 AM or online at www.
Szeliga – PROUD TO BE NRA Endorsed Defending, protecting, and securing our 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights is one of my top priorities. 2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Szeliga – PROUD TO BE Endorsed by Law Enforcement! I am proud and honored to be endorsed by the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police.
Szeliga - Farm Bureau Endorsed! I am proud and honored to be endorsed by the Maryland Farm Bureau! I have been fighting for our farmers and agriculture communities and industry across our great state for the 8 years I’ve been in Annapolis. Sports Gambling – yeah or nay? A few weeks ago, I asked people to weigh in on sports gambling. As promised, the results are here! Approximately 300 people responded to the poll.
Sports Betting – What do you think? The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this week that states could engage in sports betting. Some are saying it will generate a “wild-west” for gambling and a patchwork of laws by the states as they try to regulate it and make money from taxing it. Maryland will definitely take up this issue next year when the legislature convenes. As a reminder, Maryland’s legislature only meets for 90 days from January until April.