August 1, 2019

Senate Decades Series 1980s Senator Jack Cade

A member of the Maryland Senate from 1975-1996 and a leader in Anne Arundel County for some four decades, Senator Jack Cade left his mark on the Maryland Senate in the decade that was the 1980s.

A native of South Carolina, Cade would serve in the United States Marine Corps before making his way to Xavier University and Northwestern University. He’d graduate from Xavier in 1953 then Northwestern in 1954 before ultimately making his way to Maryland when he’d begin his career in business and real estate.

Cade would lead Anne Arundel County at the onset of its foray into home rule serving as a member of the Anne Arundel County Charter Board from 1962-1963 and then as a member of the Anne Arundel County Council from 1965-1970. He’d make the jump to the Maryland General Assembly upon his election to the Maryland Senate in the 1974 elections and stay there representing the 33rd legislative district until his passing in 1996.

Cade’s time in the Maryland Senate would clearly prove fruitful as he’d work in a bipartisan fashion and ultimately come to serve in numerous leadership capacities throughout his tenure. Over the course of the 1980s, he’d chair the Anne Arundel County Senate Delegation, the Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems, and the Health, Education, & Human Resources Subcommittee of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. He’d also be selected by his colleagues as both the Senate Minority Whip (1982-1983) and as the Senate Minority Leader (1984-1996).

Since his passing in 1996, Cade has been honored in numerous ways. Among other things, a portion of Route 97 was dedicated in honor, a building at Anne Arundel Community College was named in his behalf, and an important state education funding formula was established in his memory.

Known for his principled nature and dedication to responsible service, Cade is fondly remembered for his service to the Senate of Maryland in both the 1980s and throughout the entirety of his impressive electoral career.