August 7, 2019

Senate Decades Series 2000s Senator Ralph Hughes

A Maryland State Senator from January 9, 1991 to January 10, 2007, Senator Ralph Hughes was a strong leader for the body over his legislative tenure and especially through the decade that was the 2000s.

Senator Hughes would come to elected office following the 1982 elections after winning a seat in the House of Delegates representing Baltimore and Maryland’s 40th legislative district. Hughes would serve in the House until the 1990 elections when he would win office to the State Senate. He’d serve in the Senate for the following sixteen years making for a combined twenty-four years of service in the Maryland General Assembly.

A native son of Baltimore, Hughes would attend Baltimore City Public Schools graduating from Baltimore City College in 1966. He’d go on to Morgan State College, Howard University School of Law, and the Johns Hopkins University graduating from each in 1970 (B.A., Morgan State College), 1973 (J.D., Howard University School of Law), and 1985 (M.A.S., The Johns Hopkins University) respectively.

Issues of justice would be at the forefront for Senator Hughes as he’d serve as a member of the committees of origin for judicial issues in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate serving as a member of the House Judiciary Committee from 1983-1990 and as a member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee from 1991-2007.

His tenure in the General Assembly would also be known for effectiveness and for his desire to promote the needs of Baltimore City fighting hard for its legislative priorities each year. His time in the General Assembly would also be known for his leadership abilities as he’d serve as the chair the Senate Joint Committee on Investigation, the Special Subcommittee on Substance Abuse, and as the Vice Chair of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation.

Hughes would leave Annapolis in 2007, having served his community with unique distinction and having proved himself a true leader for the Maryland Senate over the decade of the 2000s.