What is your most significant professional accomplishment?
As Secretary of State of Maryland, I took it upon myself to lobby for and implement the “Maryland Safe at Home” program for victims of domestic violence. It took two years to convince the Maryland Genera Assembly to pass an effective, inexpensive state program to protect victims of domestic violence. The secretaries of state that followed me have kept the program in place and have expanded it to also cover victims of human trafficking. sexual assault and stalking. You will never hear about the families and individuals who have been protected, but I know that it is there for anyone who needs it.
What is your most significant personal accomplishment?
Going back to school to earn my law degree. At the time, I was the mother of three small children and my husband was building his business. It would have been very easy to say, “this is too much,” but I knew I would never forgive myself if I did not try. I graduated in three years from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and was the commencement speaker. | passed the bar and began my life of law, politics, campaigns, associations and public service and I love it.
This is an honoree profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.