A member of the state senate since 2013, originally appointed to fill a vacancy after two years in the House of Delegates, Steve Hershey was elected Senate minority leader last year.
Born in the District of Columbia, Hershey grew up in Bowie. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Catholic University of America and his MBA at George Washington University.
Hershey served on Gov. Larry Hogan’s transition team and was a 2012 delegate at the Republican National Convention.
“The next four years will look very different,” Hershey said recently in a joint statement with Sen. Justin Ready after the two were named to the top Republican posts in the senate after Democrat Wes Moore replaced Republican Larry Hogan as governor and the state returned to one-party control.
“However, we are collectively committed to continuing our legacy of ‘punching above our weight’ and holding the majority party accountable to the citizens of Maryland.”
Hershey’s Upper Eastern Shore district includes Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.
He has served as president of the Queen Anne’s County Republican Club and chairman of the Queen Anne’s County Tricentennial Celebration Committee.
In the Senate, Hershey has served on numerous committees, including the Finance Committee, Executive Nominations Committee, Rules Committee and Legislative Policy Committee.