[photo, Katherine A. Klausmeier, Maryland State Senator] KATHERINE A. KLAUSMEIER
Democrat, District 8, Baltimore County

Member of Senate since January 8, 2003. Deputy Majority Leader, 2015-. Chair, Rules Committee, 2007-. Member, Finance Committee, 2003- (division of labor & industry sunset evaluation work group, 2003; chair, electric universal service program work group, 2003; member, health subcommittee, 2007-11; transportation subcommittee, 2013-15; property & casualty subcommittee, 2015-); Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight, 2011-. Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Information Technology and Open Government, 2015-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, 2015-. Assistant Deputy Majority Whip, 2003-06. Member, Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06; Senate Special Commission on Electric Utility Deregulation Implementation, 2005-06; Joint Legislative Task Force on Small-Group Market Health Insurance, 2005-07; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007; Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2007-11; Protocol Committee, 2007-14. Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 2009-10; Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government, 2011-14. Senate Chair, Baltimore County Delegation, 2011-16. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2003-; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2003-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (energy & electric utilities committee, 2003-07; transportation committee, 2007-); Southern Legislative Conference (economic development, transportation & cultural affairs committee, 2008-).

Member, Innovations in Aging Services Advisory Council, 2003; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 2003-; Charles H. Hickey, Jr., School Advisory Board, 2005-; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, 2005-. Chair, Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Women in Military Service Monument, 2006-08, 2010-14. Member, Aquaculture Coordinating Council, 2006-; Task Force to Study How to Improve Financial Literacy in the State, 2008-10; Small Business Task Force, 2009; Maryland Adult Learning Advisory Council, 2010-; Maryland Commission on Autism, 2009-12; Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program Board, 2010-. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Baltimore County Board of Education, 2011. Member, Task Force on Funding a Green Technology, Life Science, and Health Information Technology Loan-Assistance Repayment Program, 2011-12; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2011-15. Co-Chair, Financial Education and Capability Commission, 2012-; Task Force to Study Temporary Disability Insurance Programs and the Process for Assisting Individuals with Disabilities at Local Departments of Social Services, 2013-14. Member, Task Force to Study Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements for Electricians, 2013-14; Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, 2013-; Governor's Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, 2015. Member, Energy and Environment Committee, Eastern Regional Conference, Council of State Governments.

Member of House of Delegates, representing District 8, Baltimore City and Baltimore County, January 11, 1995 to January 8, 2003. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1995-2003 (environmental & natural resources subcommittee, 1995-99; health subcommittee, 1999-2003; public utilities subcommittee, 1999-2002; agriculture, environment, & natural resources subcommittee, 2002-03). Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1995-2015. House Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-03.

Member, State Council on Cancer Control, 1995-96; Sound Barrier Review Panel, 1995-96; Maryland Recycling Advisory Group, 1995-97. Board of Directors, Maryland School for the Blind, 1995-. Member, Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, 1998-2004; Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2000-05; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2001-02. Chair, Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2002-04 (seafood industry work group).

Vice-President, Commission for Women, Baltimore County, 1991-93. Chair, Elected vs. Appointed School Board Task Force, Baltimore County, 1993.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, February 22, 1950. Attended The Catholic High School of Baltimore; Essex Community College, A.A., 1971; Towson University. Developed the Child Life Department at St. Joseph Hospital. President, Gunpowder Elementary School PTA, 1987-89, 1991-94 (legislative representative; member, school & business partnership committee). Election Judge, Baltimore County, 1990, 1992. Education Chair, League of Women Voters, Baltimore County, 1991-92. Member, Child Life Council of America; Association for the Care of Children's Health; Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce; Perry Hall and White Marsh Business Association. Honorary Life Membership, Maryland Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Member, Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling, 2010-. Resolutions of State Senate, House of Delegates, and Baltimore County Council commending outstanding work as President, Gunpowder Elementary School PTA. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2015. Recognition Award (leadership on drug & opioid issues), Maryland Association of Counties, 2015. Married; two daughters.

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