Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Baltimore’s 49th mayor on Feb. 4, 2010. In November 2011, she was elected to her first full term as mayor.
Rawlings-Blake was elected to serve as Secretary in the Democratic National Committee. Mayor Rawlings-Blake also serves in leadership positions in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 2010, she was elected by her fellow mayors to the USCM Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Mayor’s Water Council and the Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee.
In 2013, Rawlings-Blake presented, Change to Grow: A Ten-Year Financial Plan for Baltimore. In 2012, Rawlings-Blake worked with state leaders to pass the Civil Marriage Protection Act and subsequent state ballot initiative, allowing same-sex couples to obtain a civil marriage license in Maryland. Rawlings-Blake has signed a landmark executive order to protect new Americans from discrimination and increase access to public safety resources and City services for foreign-born city residents. Rawlings-Blake served as city council president from January 2007 to February 2010. She was first elected to the City Council in 1995, at the age of 25. She represented the council’s 5th District from 1995 to 2004 and the 6th District from 2004 to 2007, serving communities throughout West and Northwest Baltimore. As council president, she chaired the City’s Board of Estimates, which supervises all purchasing by the City. From 1998 to 2006, Rawlings-Blake was an attorney with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender.
In 2013, she was awarded the First Citizen Award by the Maryland State Senate. She was selected by The Daily Record as one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” in 2007 and 2011. The National Congress of Black Women named her a Shirley Chisholm Memorial Award Trailblazer. The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs named her one of Baltimore’s “Young Women on the Move.”
Rawlings-Blake is a 1988 graduate of Baltimore’s Western High School, and in 1992 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She lives in Baltimore’s Coldspring neighborhood with her husband Kent Blake and their young daughter Sophia.
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