Kelly M. Schulz
Maryland Department of Commerce
As businesses and industries continue to navigate the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz has aimed to provide calm, reassuring guidance during the Roadmap to Recovery. Her department has provided a number of funding and financial incentives including grants, tax credits and loans to businesses hurt during the economic crisis.
“This past year has been incredibly tough for all of us, but the perseverance I have seen from Marylanders has been nothing less than awe inspiring,” Schulz said in an April video announcing her intention to run for governor in 2022. The Republican leader cited Maryland residents’ resilience, strength and will to overcome as inspiration for the run.
A member of Gov. Larry Hogan’s cabinet since 2015, she served as Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation until 2019 when she was appointed to her current cabinet position. Previously, she was elected to represent District 4A (Frederick) of the Maryland House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. Before her time in state politics, she was a real estate broker, co-owned a cybersecurity company and worked as a program manager for a defense contractor.
In her announcement, Schulz said that many goals have been accomplished over the past several years, but more work needs to be done. “Together we can get Marylanders working, help our struggling families and small businesses and restore and strengthen our economy,” she said.
If successful, Schulz would become Maryland’s first female governor.