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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Haven N. Shoemaker, Jr. is a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. Shoemaker is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Education

  • JD, Law, Widener University School of Law, 1992
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1987

Professional Experience

  • JD, Law, Widener University School of Law, 1992
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1987
  • Attorney, Law Office of Haven Shoemaker, 1994-present
  • Attorney, Small Law Private Practice
  • Associate, Law Office of Ralph Murdy, 1992-1994
  • Infantryman, Maryland Army National Guard, 1987-1990

Political Experience

  • JD, Law, Widener University School of Law, 1992
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1987
  • Attorney, Law Office of Haven Shoemaker, 1994-present
  • Attorney, Small Law Private Practice
  • Associate, Law Office of Ralph Murdy, 1992-1994
  • Infantryman, Maryland Army National Guard, 1987-1990
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 5, 2015-present
  • Minority Parliamentarian, Maryland State House of Delegates, present
  • Member, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Hampstead Lions Club
  • County Commissioner, Carroll County, Maryland, 2010-2014
  • Mayor, Town of Hampstead, 2003-2010
  • Candidate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 5A, District 5A, 2006
  • Councilman, Town of Hampstead, 1997-2003

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, Finance Resources Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2015-2017

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR)

Member, Subcommittee on Education

Member, Subcommittee on Election Law

Member, Ways and Means

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Law, Widener University School of Law, 1992
  • BA, Political Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1987
  • Attorney, Law Office of Haven Shoemaker, 1994-present
  • Attorney, Small Law Private Practice
  • Associate, Law Office of Ralph Murdy, 1992-1994
  • Infantryman, Maryland Army National Guard, 1987-1990
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 5, 2015-present
  • Minority Parliamentarian, Maryland State House of Delegates, present
  • Member, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Hampstead Lions Club
  • County Commissioner, Carroll County, Maryland, 2010-2014
  • Mayor, Town of Hampstead, 2003-2010
  • Candidate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 5A, District 5A, 2006
  • Councilman, Town of Hampstead, 1997-2003
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association, 1992-present
  • Board of Directors, Carroll County Bar Association
  • President, Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League
  • Member, Carroll County Economic Development Commission
  • Board Member, Carroll County Habitat for Humanity
  • Member, Hampstead Business Association
  • Board Member, Marriage Resource Center
  • Member, Westminster Baptist Church
  • Member, Hampstead Planning & Zoning Commission, 1997-2003
  • Member, Hampstead Ethics Commission, 1995-1997

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Northern News Award, 2011-present

Haven Shoemaker Day in Hampstead, 2010-present

Policy Positions

Maryland State Legislative Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support adopting federal education standards in Maryland?
- No

2. Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Maryland high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- No

3. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- I support smaller government, less taxes, and fewer regulations. I agree with Governor Hogan that Maryland should get off people's backs and out of their wallets.

Gun

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

2. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- No

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

4. Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom?
- Yes

5. Should a license be required for gun ownership?
- No

Health

1. Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse?
- Yes

2. Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia?
- No

3. Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations?
- No

4. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you support Medicaid expansion through Maryland's health care programs?
- No

Social

1. Do you support greater efforts by Maryland state government in closing the pay gap between men and women?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

4. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state government regulations of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

2. Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

2. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

3. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates?
- Yes

2. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- No

3. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

4. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- Yes

2. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- Yes

3. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- No

Economic

1. Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

4. Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Maryland?
- No

5. Do you support legalized state-sponsored sports betting in Maryland?
- Yes

6. Do you support increasing state regulatory oversight of ride-sharing drivers (e.g. Uber, Lyft)?
- No

7. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

8. Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits?
- Yes

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Maryland's budget.

1. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

2. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions?
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees?
- No

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients?
- No

5. An income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No