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John Olszewski Jr.

John Olszewski Jr.

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Power 40 Government & LobbyingJohn Olszewski Jr.

County Executive, Baltimore County

John Olszewski Jr. has dedicated his career to making a difference in Baltimore County.

The lifelong county resident, and county executive since 2018, got his start in public service as a student member of the Baltimore County Board of Education while a senior at Sparrows Point High School.

While teaching high school social studies and special education, Olszewski was elected a District 6 delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates and served two terms. Olszewski has a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, a master’s degree from The George Washington University and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Olszewski was also senior manager of legislative affairs with Baltimore government and senior account executive with SAS.

Olszewski said one of his biggest successes has been working with others to make county government the most transparent, accessible and engaged in history.

“With intentionality and honesty, we’ve engaged thousands of residents in our budget town halls, put more information online than ever before, and established a 311 center,” he said.

In January, Olszewski announced, with Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott, the start of a task force to seek solutions for regional water and wastewater utilities, which have not been updated since 1972.

“This task force will chart a shared vision for modern, efficient and equitable systems that reflect our region’s incredible growth over the past half century and support us for decades to come,” Olszewski said.

“I look forward to identifying the best path forward for all our residents. It is time to bring us into the 21st century.”

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power Government & Lobbyist list for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at>.

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