Delegate Kathy Szeliga was first elected in 2010 to the Maryland House of Delegates. Kathy serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee. She has served on the Appropriations Committee and Environment and Transportation Committee.
In 2016, Kathy Szeliga successfully triumphed over a crowded field of 14 candidates to be the Republican nominee for US Senate. Although unsuccessful in the general election, Szeliga won 18 of 23 counties and received almost 1 million votes and the second highest votes for a Republican in the history of the state. In Kathy's senatorial bid, she outperformed the presidential candidate statewide, the first time a senate candidate received more votes than the presidential candidate in recent history.
Together, Leader Nic Kipke and Whip Kathy Szeliga were elected in 2013 to lead the House GOP Caucus as they work hard to defend common sense conservative ideas in the Maryland House of Delegates. They continue to be unanimously re-elected to lead the Maryland House Republican Caucus.
Delegates Szeliga and Kipke organized a highly effective campaign effort in 2014 and successfully helped elect the largest number of GOP representatives to the Maryland House of Delegates in the history of the state.
Additionally, Delegate Szeliga has received prestigious awards, such as Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Baltimore Sun's Women to Watch, 2014 Legislator of the Year from MD Society of Anesthesiologists and a Towson University Distinguished Alumni Awardee in 2017.
Married for over 38 years to Mark, they have two married sons and two granddaughters. She has been an active member of Grace Community Church in Kingsville, Maryland, for more than 25 years. Kathy and her husband, Mark, started a construction general contracting business 32 years ago where they work together today.
Kathy Szeliga has dedicated her life to her family, their family business, and the citizens of Maryland. Her diverse background helps to make Kathy an effective Maryland State Delegate, a leader in the House of Delegates, and the highest-ranking Republican woman in Maryland.
Week six of our 90-day legislative session has come to an end and the law-making machinery is off to a slow start. That is good for taxpayers and citizens alike as the House of Delegates continues to hold all committee meetings virtually and rarely convenes in person in the house chamber. The benefits of the overly strict and heavy-handed rules imposed by the leadership in the House of Delegates is that fewer bills are getting passed and that citizens have better access to watching lawmakers in action and weighing in from their home or office on bills they care about.
Our lives have been turned upside down. We have never seen such a time. Not just our nation, but our world, looks much different than it did just one month ago. Do not lose heart or grow weary. We are fortunate to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth, The United States of America. Our economy was the greatest it’s ever been and Americans are rising to the challenges before us.
Have you heard about the Kirwan Commission? A recent Goucher College Poll asked Maryland residents about the Kirwan Commission: 77 percent - have heard or read nothing about the Kirwan Commission. 22 percent - have heard or read a little, some, or a lot about Kirwan Why is this important to you? The Maryland Department of Budget and Management estimates that if fully funded, Kirwan would cost each Maryland family at least $6,200 in additional taxes over the next 5 years.