Miller Senate Office Building, 3 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3137, (301) 858-3137
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Rich is serving his second term as a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate representing the state’s 18th district in Montgomery County, including Chevy Chase, Garrett Park, Kensington, Wheaton, and parts of Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring. He previously served four years in the House of Delegates.
Rich is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County. He grew up in Silver Spring and attended Montgomery County Public Schools followed by the Georgetown Preparatory School. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned his B.A. in history and Soviet studies and served as President of the student body, and earned a master’s degree in public administration.
Following graduation, Rich established a career in government service, working first for the Maryland Department of Fiscal Services providing nonpartisan professional services for the State legislature and then for the Montgomery County Office of Intergovernmental Relations, representing County interests at the municipal, local, state and federal levels. He served in that capacity until his election to the House of Delegates in 2002.
In 2002, he won one of three seats representing Maryland’s 18th District in the House of Delegates. While serving as a member of the House, Rich was a member of the Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development.
In 2006, when State Senator Sharon Grosfeld did not seek re-election, Rich ran and won the vacant Senate seat, defeating his Republican opponent by more than three-to-one. Well regarded for his extensive budget expertise, he has served as a valued member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee since his election to the Senate and now serves as Chair of the Education, Business and Administration Subcommittee.
In addition to his regular committee assignment, Rich serves on several of the General Assembly’s special committees and task forces:
Spending Affordability Committee
Joint Audit Committee
Joint Committee on Pensions
Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds
Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems
Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force
Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland
Tax Credit Evaluation Committee.
He is also the Senate’s representative on the Maryland State Arts Council and on the School Based Health Center Policy Advisory Committee.
Rich has been cited several times in polls as among the most effective and influential legislators in Annapolis. He is a recognized civil rights leader, championing and sponsoring successful legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland, as well as legislation to ban discrimination against transgender persons. He is also known for his progressive leadership and has sponsored legislation on education, transportation, the environment, fiscal policy, government transparency, civil rights, and disability services.
Outside of work, Rich is an active member of the community. He has been a Sunday school teacher and social justice chair at his church, the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, in Bethesda, and he is a regular volunteer at a local food bank.
Rich lives in Kensington with his husband, Mark, their daughter Katie, son Jackson, and rescue pets Pete and Minnie. He is an always-devoted, ever-optimistic, frequently-disappointed, fan of the Washington Capitals.