Elected in 2010 to the Maryland General Assembly, Kathy Szeliga was sworn into the House of Delegates on January 12, 2011. Kathy serves on the Appropriations Committee, Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Oversight Committee on Pensions, Maryland Veterans Caucus, and the House Emergency Medical Services Workgroup.
Kathy was elected by her caucus to be the Minority Whip in the House of Delegates in 2013. Together with Leader Nic Kipke, Whip Szeliga leads the House GOP Caucus as they work hard to defend common sense conservative ideas in the very liberal Maryland House of Delegates.
Born in 1961 in Baltimore, Kathy was raised in a military family. She moved numerous times throughout her childhood. Her father was deployed to Korea twice and Vietnam once while she was growing up, giving Kathy a special understanding of the sacrifices of both our military personnel and the families they leave behind.
Married for more than 32 years to Mark Szeliga, they have two married sons: Eric & Amanda, and Steve & Christy.
At the age of 32, Kathy graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She graduated with highest honors, summa cum laude. Kathy knows the importance of a good education, as well as the challenges that our non-traditional students face as they earn a college degree.
Kathy and her husband, Mark, started a construction general contracting business 27 years ago. Kathy understands how difficult it is to start and maintain a small business in Maryland's tough business climate. Kathy is committed to being a strong voice for all small businesses.
Maryland Business for Responsive Government, the political business watchdog group in Annapolis, awarded Kathy the Blue Ribbon award in 2013. She maintains an A rating with this group for her consistent conservative votes against higher taxes and more unnecessary regulations.
Kathy served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Andy Harris (now Congressman Andy Harris) for six years. She also worked as a legislative aide to Delegates John Trueschler and Jim Kelly, both from Baltimore County.
Community service has always been a large part of Kathy's life. Kathy has been both a teacher and leader in her local church's youth program for more than 25 years where she continues to serve. Kathy has been an active member of Grace Community Church in Kingsville for about 20 years.
While her children were in school, Kathy always played an active part in the PTA and classroom. Kathy was a board member with the Association of Maryland Families, a non-partisan organization whose purpose is to educate voters and politicians to keep their commitment to both liberty and law, preserving the family values that have defined greatness in our Country and the State of Maryland.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga has dedicated her life to her family, their family business, and the citizens of Baltimore and Harford Counties. Her faith is the basis on which she lives her life. Kathy's involvement in business, government, education, church, cultural and civic activities in Maryland has been diverse and extensive and helps to make Kathy an effective Maryland State Delegate.
The GOP tax reform – good or bad? You can check your own taxes here to see if you will see a savings next year - http://taxplancalculator.com/ There has been a lot of speculation about the historic tax reform passed last week in Washington DC. The main-stream-media has everyone convinced that their taxes are going up. Because of this, the approval rating for this historic reform plan is approximately 40%. By February, people will see more in their paychecks and Americans’ attitudes will turn around.
VA Delegate election tied! Never say your vote doesn’t count. Sometimes I hear people say their vote won’t make a difference when frustrations are high in the political climate. It’s simply not true and here is the proof. In a highly contested State House Delegate race in Virginia last month, on election night Republican David Yancey was leading by just 10 votes over Democrat Shelly Simonds. After a recount this week, Democrat Simonds will be declared the winner by just 1 vote with a final count of 11.
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah to you and yours From our family to yours, Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah is December 12-December 20 this year. The first candle of the menorah was lit at sundown last night. Christmas is almost here too and I can hardly wait! ICYMI (in case you missed it) The Supreme Court will be taking up the case challenging Maryland’s congressional districts. Seven Maryland Republican voters brought the case.
Trump travel restrictions upheld Monday, the Supreme Court upheld the President’s travel restriction by a vote of 7-2. Maryland’s AG Brian Frosh was a party to the lawsuit overturned on Monday. AG Frosh has joined in at least 17 other lawsuits against President Trump using Maryland taxpayer dollars. In September, the Trump administration revised the policy to add North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad to the list, which also includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
Deepest Sympathy Mark and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Baltimore City Homicide detective Sean Suiter. Sean Suiter was killed in the line of duty this week. Detective Suiter was shot in the head as he was investigating a case and later died at Shock Trauma. Please join me in praying for Officer Suiter’s family and friends, as well as his brothers and sisters in law enforcement in Baltimore and across our country.
Enjoying My Summer! Our annual summer vacation "Downy Oshen Hon" was terrific this year. I hope you’re having a great summer with your family too! Cracking down on Criminal Illegal Aliens - Kate's Law Congressional Liberal leadership encouraged their caucus to oppose two measures introduced in the House of Representatives to crackdown on illegal immigration. Both legislative bills were a delivery on the promise of a law-and-order approach to illegal immigration.