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weissman-jake-mf-6781YAAKOV “JAKE” WEISSMANN

Chief of Staff
Senate of Maryland

Yaakov “Jake” Weissmann has served as one of the few constants in a sea of change undergoing Maryland’s Senate since November 2018.

As chief of staff for Senate President William Ferguson, Weissmann, 35, has helped provide some of the needed consistency and guidance to ensure the Senate remains the place the public can trust.

On a day to day basis, he ensures the Maryland Senate runs smoothly.

Before his current role, from November 2011 to November 2018 Weissmann was the deputy chief of staff for Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., the longest-serving state Senate president in the country until he retired in January.

During the past decade, Weissmann has played a role in passing some of the state’s most momentous legislation, from education, health care and energy to good government, elections and the environment.

“Due to my longevity and personality, I am able to build relationships with legislators and act as a facilitator to ensure legislators, advocates and the public are all connected to make the process achieve the best results.”

Weissmann graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2016 and earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work in 2007.

He’s also worked as a legislative aide for Del. Kirill Reznik, D-Montgomery, and a field organizer for U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin. In 2019, he won the Chairman’s Award from the Calvert County Central Committee

Outside of the office, Weissmann serves as a teacher during religious school at Temple Beth Shalom, where he’s also volunteered on the membership committee. He’s also served on the board of directors of the Maryland Student Legislature, which teaches students speech, debate and political skills through real-life experience within the legislative process.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.