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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Katie Hester (Democrat) is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 9. Hester was elected to the office on November 6, 2018.

Katie Hester lives in Ellicott City, Maryland. She earned a degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University. Hester's career experience includes working as the Americas director with The Partnering Initiative.

Education

  • BSc, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1993-1997

Professional Experience

  • BSc, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1993-1997
  • Americas Director, The Partner Initiative, 2009-present
  • Volunteer, Wisp Ski Patrol, present
  • Manager, Research & Advocacy, SustainAbility, 2001-2009
  • Manager, Engaging Stakeholders, SustainAbility, 2004-2007
  • Senior Analyst, Arthur D. Little, 1998-2001

Political Experience

  • BSc, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1993-1997
  • Americas Director, The Partner Initiative, 2009-present
  • Volunteer, Wisp Ski Patrol, present
  • Manager, Research & Advocacy, SustainAbility, 2001-2009
  • Manager, Engaging Stakeholders, SustainAbility, 2004-2007
  • Senior Analyst, Arthur D. Little, 1998-2001
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 9, 2019-present
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 9, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Audit and Evaluation

Co-Chair, Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology

Member, Judicial Proceedings

Member, Workgroup to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BSc, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1993-1997
  • Americas Director, The Partner Initiative, 2009-present
  • Volunteer, Wisp Ski Patrol, present
  • Manager, Research & Advocacy, SustainAbility, 2001-2009
  • Manager, Engaging Stakeholders, SustainAbility, 2004-2007
  • Senior Analyst, Arthur D. Little, 1998-2001
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 9, 2019-present
  • Candidate, Maryland State Senate, District 9, 2018
  • Member, Adaptive Reuse of Historic Properties Study, 2019-present
  • Member, Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland, 2019-present
  • Member, Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2019-present
  • Member, Phosphorus Management Tool Transiion Advisory Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, Do the Most Good, present
  • Member, Ellicott City and Western Howard County Democratic Club, present
  • Member, Glenmar Church and Saint Louis School, present
  • Member, Indivisible Howard County, Maryland, present
  • Member, Maryland First Responders, present
  • Member, Mobilize HoCo Schools, present
  • Member, Together we Will, present
Elections

2018

General election
General election for Maryland State Senate District 9

Katie Hester (D) defeated incumbent Gail Bates (R) in the general election for Maryland State Senate District 9 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Katie Hester (D)
50.8
33,493

Gail Bates (R)
49.1
32,347
Other/Write-in votes
0.1
52

Total votes: 65,892
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 9

Katie Hester advanced from the Democratic primary for Maryland State Senate District 9 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Katie Hester (D)
100
9,761

Total votes: 9,761
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 9

Incumbent Gail Bates defeated Reid Novotny in the Republican primary for Maryland State Senate District 9 on June 26, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Gail Bates (R)
53.9
4,222

Reid Novotny (R)
46.1
3,605

Total votes: 7,827


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