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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Gail H. Bates (b. December 24, 1945) is a Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 9. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Bates is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Bates served in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 9A from her appointment to the chamber on February 4, 2002, to January 14, 2015.

Bates' professional experience includes working as a Certified Public Accountant, and Chief of Staff for Delegate Donald E. Murphy - District 12A and Assistant to Howard County Executive.

Personal

Full Name:

Gail H. Bates

Gender:

Female

Family:

Husband: David; 2 Children: Robert, Dwight

Birth Date:

12/24/1945

Birth Place:

Washington, DC

Home City:

West Friendship, MD

Religion:

Christian

Education

Attended, Accounting, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1979-1981

BS, Education, University of Maryland, 1968

Political Experience

Member, Maryland State Board of Education, 2019-present

Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 9, 2015-2019

Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 9, 2018

Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 9A, 2002-2014

Deputy Minority Whip, Maryland State House of Representatives, 2003-2006

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-present

Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2002-present

Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2002-present

Member, Golf Advisory Committee, Howard County, 1998-present

Member, Legislative Committee, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, 1986-present

Member, Agriculture and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-present

Former Member, Audit Committee, Maryland State Senate

Former Member, Children, Youth, Families Committee, Maryland State Senate

Former Member, Comptroller Issues Subcommittee, Maryland State Senate

Former Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Maryland State Senate

Former Member, Education Subcommittee, Maryland State Senate

Member, Environment Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-present

Former Member, Protocol Committee, Maryland State Senate

Member, Health Subcommittee of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, Maryland State Senate, 2015-2017

Member, Agriculture, Environment and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2007-2008

Member, Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2005-2007

Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2002-2003

Member, Government Operations Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Member, Health and Government Operations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Member, Health Facilities Equipment and Products, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Member, Motor Vehicles Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2002-2003

Member, Public Health Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Member, Disabilities Issues Advisory Committee, Howard County, 1987-1988

Professional Experience

Certified Public Accountant, 1984-present

Notary Public

Owner, Small Business

Chief of Staff for Delegate Donald E. Murphy, District 12A, 1999-2002

Assistant, Howard County Executive, 1991-1998

Manager of Records and Tax Department, Maryland Farm Bureau, 1983-1984

Tax Supervisor, Mark Buckley Certified Public Accountant, 1980-1982

Office Manager, H&R Block, 1976-1980

Teacher, Mathematics and Home Economics, Anne Arundel County, 1968-1973

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Treasurer, Howard County Tourism Council, 2004-present

President, Howard County Republican Women, 2001-present

Board Member, Howard County Farm Bureau, 1998-present

Board Member, Christian Jail Ministry, 1997-present

Member, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, 1988-present

Member, Howard County Republican Club, 1980-present

Member, Maryland Federation of Republican Women, 1980-present

Board Member, Therapeutic Horsemanship Association

Treasurer, Western Howard Soccer

Board Member, Montgomery General Hospital, 2001

Board Member, Howard County Chapter American Red Cross, 1996-1999

Member, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1982-1990

Treasurer, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1980-1984

Additional Information

Awards:

2004 Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountant's Chair Award

Howard County Women's Hall of Fame, 2009

2011 American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Year

Life Achievement Award

Articles

Issue Position: Promises to our Teachers and State Employees

Jan. 1, 2018

I am a firm believer that promises made should be promises kept, especially when it is the difference between hardworking individuals retiring in comfort or retiring in poverty. When we make commitments to provide pensions to our teachers, law enforcement and other State employees, the responsibility to follow through cannot be taken lightly. However, recent policies place this on shaky ground. Leadership in Annapolis continues to divert pension payments to fund its other priorities. In 2012, they shifted burdensome payments to the Counties to temporarily reduce the State's budget deficit. The legislature approved the taking of a third of promised state pension contributions for the same reason. The unfortunate result is the plan continues to be funded at a level far below the accepted standard for State systems, leaving its solvency in question. Our pension system needs protection. Working on the Special Joint Committee on Pensions, I have consistently fought to stop the accounting gimmicks that put the system in danger. I also worked to protect and preserve our promises with legislation to ensure an intact pension for everyone. Without action to handle these finances responsibly, the consequences for the State could be dire--even requiring us to choose between funding our students and their classrooms or keeping our promises to retirees.

Issue Position: Fair Elections

Jan. 1, 2018

The right to participate in free and fair elections is fundamental to a flourishing democracy. Since the founding of our nation, many brave men and women have fought for elections that embody "one person, one vote", not an outcome predetermined by the government. Yet Maryland tries and succeeds to stack the deck against voters. Known as "gerrymandering", the entrenched majority in Annapolis has been intentionally redrawing legislative districts in their favor, making races less competitive and cheapening the votes of members of all political parties. Though this practice is not unique to Maryland, recent analyses have found the State to be the most egregious offender. During my time in the legislature, I have voted against these hurtful new districts and even sponsored legislation to increase transparency and hold those leading the redistricting process accountable. I remain committed to establishing an independent commission to draw district lines without prejudice or political motivation. We also need to make sure that candidates and political entities are all playing by the same set of rules during elections. I have introduced legislation to close loopholes in Maryland's campaign finance laws that allow special interests to circumvent our state's contribution limits.

Issue Position: Government Accountability

Jan. 1, 2018

It is reasonable to expect your hard-earned tax dollars to be thoughtfully spent, but this is not always the case in Maryland. The fact is the entrenched majority in Annapolis is often too complacent to have those inconvenient conversations about what is truly good for the State, leaving difficult questions unasked and unanswered. As we saw in the previous administration, serious problems can be ignored, aided by a lack of government transparency. This cannot be allowed to continue unchecked. We need common sense, fiscally responsible solutions more than ever before. While this year's budget held spending increases below revenue growth, the entrenched majority has mandated spending to grow faster than both the cost of living and the State's population, sustaining a large structural deficit and creating very real debt problems. How can we put Maryland on an unsustainable path and not expect every dollar to be accounted for? I am proud to have made my career opposing and exposing government waste, fraud and abuse. On the Joint Audit Committee, I pursued State agency accountability by introducing legislation that would cut funding for agencies that failed to comply with repeat audit problems. Also, as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I led my party on drafting fiscally responsible budgets to present meaningful alternatives to Maryland's dangerous overspending.