Daily Record Staff//December 12, 2022
//December 12, 2022
She began her career in politics working as a staff member to U.S. Rep. Edith Green (Oregon) for five years and later took a job with the Montgomery County state legislature delegation. She would pivot from staff member to elected official in 1974 when Kopp won her first of seven four-year terms to the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 16 (D-Montgomery County). During her tenure, she became the first sitting state legislator in the United States to give birth in office and the first woman to hold the position of House speaker pro tem.
In 2002, Kopp was selected by her colleagues to become the state treasurer — only the second woman to ever be named to the top financial position. She also served on the Board of Public Works as the General Assembly’s representative. For nearly two decades, she worked to ensure Maryland’s fiscal responsibility and helped to navigate the state through the 2008 recession as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
When she announced her retirement in December 2021, Kopp had achieved the second-longest tenure of any treasurer in state history. At the time of her resignation, Gov. Larry Hogan stated “… Nancy will leave an incredible legacy of strong financial stewardship, which has helped assure our coveted AAA bond rating year after year. We have enjoyed a very cordial relationship, and I have always admired her commitment to the people of Maryland. …On behalf of all Marylanders, I want to express my profound gratitude to Nancy Kopp for her decades of distinguished service and wish her well in retirement.”