A Maryland State Senator from January 8, 2003 to January 12, 2011 and Maryland’s Secretary of Aging since March 13, 2015, Rona Kramer has certainly left her mark and continues to leave a mark in Maryland State Government.
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Montgomery County as the daughter of Betty Mae Kramer and former Montgomery County Senator and Executive Sidney Kramer, Secretary Kramer showed a passion for the law and government service at an early age. She’d earn her undergraduate degree in law enforcement in 1976 from the University of Maryland College Park before heading to the University of Baltimore School of Law where she’d earn her law degree in 1979.
Kramer’s professional career would be varied and multifaceted until her election to the State Senate. She’d begin her legal career upon being admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1980, start her own company Kramer Enterprises in 1979, and serve as the President of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in 1992 and 1993.
Kramer would be elected to the Maryland Senate in 2002 to represent Maryland’s 14th legislative district including Olney, Laytonsville, and Sandy Spring. Upon taking office in 2003, her time in the Senate would prove fruitful as she’d serve in numerous leadership positions. She’d serve as a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee (chairing its’ Pensions Subcommittee from 2007-2011), the Senate Executive Nominations Committee, and the Spending Affordability Committee. She’d also chair the Montgomery County Senate Delegation in both 2007 and 2008.
Her time in the Senate would see her receive numerous recognitions and awards. She’d be selected as Legislator of the Year by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in 2005, Legislator of the Year by the Montgomery County Volunteer Rescue Association in 2007, a Hall of Fame Member by the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association also in 2007, and as one of Maryland Top 100 Women by the Daily Record publication in 2008.
Kramer’s career in public service took a new turn as she would become Maryland’s Secretary of Aging upon her appointment in 2015 by Governor Larry Hogan. She serves to this day working to protect the rights and quality of life of older persons in Maryland.