Maryland House of Delegates
Lots of people have asked state delegate and House Minority Leader Nic Kipke why he decided to venture into politics.
“There is really no clear answer to it,” he said. “I grew up with the mindset that people should be involved in their community. I have always wanted to participate in making a difference for the area I live in and for people in my community.”
A lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, he still pinches himself that he gets to represent his home area. “The community where I have grown up has supported me through the elections and I work tirelessly to fight for issues that are important to the people in the community,” he said.
Elected in 2007 at the age of 27, Kipke has helped to eliminate the statewide soda fountain tax, authored legislation to create the Maryland Commission on Autism and sponsored the Fallen Solider Privacy Protection Act.
Kipke is proud of bipartisan work he and his colleagues did this past legislation session aimed at stopping the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment and enforcement policies. “As a result, I believe we are going to bend the curve of all the horrible things we have seen lately as it relates to drug addiction,” he said.
When he isn’t in Annapolis, Kipke is vice president at REPS & Associates Inc. — a representative firm for non-food manufactures for the food service, janitorial and paper markets in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.