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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Cheryl C. Kagan is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 17. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Kagan is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Education

  • Attended, Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, 1991-1995
  • AB, Political Science, Vassar College, 1983
  • Attended, American University, 1981

Professional Experience

  • Attended, Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, 1991-1995
  • AB, Political Science, Vassar College, 1983
  • Attended, American University, 1981
  • Professor of State and Local Government, Montgomery College, 2008
  • Executive Director, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, 2003-2007
  • Senior Staffer, Chris Vann Hollen for Congress (MD), 2002
  • Vice President, Strategic Message Design Group, 1999-2000
  • Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, 1995-1999
  • Lobbyist, Handgun Control, Incorporated, 1991-1993
  • Chief of Staff/Administrative Assistant, US House of Representatives, 1991-1992
  • Executive Director, Independent Action, 1989-1991
  • Senior Staffer, Richard Licht for Senate (RI), 1987-1988
  • Director of Development, National Women's Political Caucus, 1986-1987
  • Senior Staffer, Mike Barnes for Senate (MD), 1986
  • Senior Staffer, Jim Moody for Senate (WI), 1985

Political Experience

  • Attended, Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, 1991-1995
  • AB, Political Science, Vassar College, 1983
  • Attended, American University, 1981
  • Professor of State and Local Government, Montgomery College, 2008
  • Executive Director, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, 2003-2007
  • Senior Staffer, Chris Vann Hollen for Congress (MD), 2002
  • Vice President, Strategic Message Design Group, 1999-2000
  • Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, 1995-1999
  • Lobbyist, Handgun Control, Incorporated, 1991-1993
  • Chief of Staff/Administrative Assistant, US House of Representatives, 1991-1992
  • Executive Director, Independent Action, 1989-1991
  • Senior Staffer, Richard Licht for Senate (RI), 1987-1988
  • Director of Development, National Women's Political Caucus, 1986-1987
  • Senior Staffer, Mike Barnes for Senate (MD), 1986
  • Senior Staffer, Jim Moody for Senate (WI), 1985
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 17, 2015-present
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 17, 2010, 2018
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 17, 1995-2003

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Subcommittee on Education, Maryland State Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Health, Maryland State Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Co-Chair, Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR)

Member, Audit and Evaluation

Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

Member, Federal Relations

Member, Subcommittee on Environment

Member, Subcommittee on Program Open Space/Agricultural Land Preservation

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Public Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, 1991-1995
  • AB, Political Science, Vassar College, 1983
  • Attended, American University, 1981
  • Professor of State and Local Government, Montgomery College, 2008
  • Executive Director, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, 2003-2007
  • Senior Staffer, Chris Vann Hollen for Congress (MD), 2002
  • Vice President, Strategic Message Design Group, 1999-2000
  • Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, 1995-1999
  • Lobbyist, Handgun Control, Incorporated, 1991-1993
  • Chief of Staff/Administrative Assistant, US House of Representatives, 1991-1992
  • Executive Director, Independent Action, 1989-1991
  • Senior Staffer, Richard Licht for Senate (RI), 1987-1988
  • Director of Development, National Women's Political Caucus, 1986-1987
  • Senior Staffer, Mike Barnes for Senate (MD), 1986
  • Senior Staffer, Jim Moody for Senate (WI), 1985
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 17, 2015-present
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 17, 2010, 2018
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 17, 1995-2003
  • Member, Commission to Advance Next Generation 911 Across Maryland, 2018-present
  • Member, Governor's Workforce Development Board, Maryland, 2018-present
  • Member, Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, 2016-present
  • Outreach & Development Coordinator, Community Reach of Montgomery County, 2016-present
  • Member, Maryland Public-Private Partnership Marketing Corporation, 2016-present
  • Member, Montgomery County Democratic Trustees, 2009-present
  • Councilor, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), 2003-present
  • Co-Founder/Host, Folk 'N Great Music, 2003-present
  • Board Member, American Jewish Committee, Washington-Area Chapter, 2000-present
  • Member, Peerless Rockville, 1993-present
  • Director of Community Engagement, B'nai B'rith Youth Organization
  • Member, Congregation Har Shalom
  • Member, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Founding Member, Faith and Politics Institute
  • Founder/Consultant, Fund for Montgomery
  • Member, Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Member, Rockville Alternative Community Service Commission
  • Member, Special Events Coordinator for Senator Michael D. Barnes
  • Member, Study Group on Organizational, Commemorative and Personalized License Plate Programs
  • Committee Chair, Task Force on Party Operations, Maryland Democratic Party
  • Member, Women's Campaign Research Fund and Center for Political Leadership
  • Member, World Folk Music Association
  • Member, One Maryland Blue Ribbon Commission, 2015-2016
  • Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2015
  • Democratic Spokesperson, Channel 9 (CBS Affiliate), 2002-2009
  • Montgomery County Steering Committee, Hillary Clinton for President, 2007-2008
  • Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, 2006-2008
  • Nominations Committee, Peerless Rockville, 2005-2008
  • Member, Board of Advisors, University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus, 2002-2007
  • Member, Charter Review Commission for Montgomery County, 2003-2006
  • Co-Chair, Montgomery County, John Kerry for President, 2003-2004
  • Councilor, Maryland State Arts Council, 1995-2003
  • Board of Advisors Member, Department of Transportation, 1997-1998
  • Voices Versus Violence, Steering Committee, 1994
  • PAC & Legislative Assistant, National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), 1984-1985
  • National Board Member/Executive Director, Americans for Democratic Action, 1981-Present

Other Info

— Awards:

  • A Baltimore Sun "Rising Star"

Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2020

Twice recognized as one of Maryland's "Top 100 Women"

Inducted, Circle of Excellence, The Daily Record

Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Award, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 2017

"Green Champion" Legislator of the Year, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2019

Senator William H. Amoss Memorial Legislative Award, Maryland State Fireman's Association, 2019

National Leader Award, Next Generation 9-1-1 Institute, 2018

Blaustein and Comay Fellow by the American Jewish Committee

Montgomery County's Business and Professional Women "Woman of Achievement"

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Nationally Ranked Scrabble Player

— Publications:

  • Chapter in "33 Gems: Wisdom for Living Pieces of Life's Puzzle"

Events

2020

Apr. 6
District 17 Legislative Town Hall

Mon 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

via Zoom Meeting

Apr. 6
District 17 Online Legislative Town Hall

Mon 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

via Zoom Meeting

Mar. 25
David Roth Literally in Your House!

Wed 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Everywhere