An attorney and certified public accountant, Brian Freedom spent 10 years in the Maryland House of Delegates before being appointed to fill a vacancy in the Maryland Senate in 2013. He was elected to a full four-year term the following year and has since been re-elected twice.
His district includes western and northern Montgomery County.
A former attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Feldman is also an adjunct professor at both Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, where he teaches graduate courses on state policy-making, federalism and health-care policy.
What is the most difficult lesson you have learned?
One of the most difficult lessons I have learned is that things often take a long time to happen, so you have to be willing to play the long game.
What is the biggest challenge facing government leaders in Maryland?
With Maryland’s unemployment rate currently above the national average and GDP growth lagging our peer group states, the biggest challenge facing government leaders in Maryland revolves around our ability to enact policies centered around industries/sectors we have inherent strength in, i.e. clean energy and life sciences, and that will spur economic growth and job creation opportunities.