A member of the Maryland State Senate from 1977-1979 and then again from 1983-1992, Senator Michael J. Wagner clearly left his mark on Anne Arundel County and on the Maryland Senate. Born in Baltimore on October 20, 1941, Wagner would graduate from Glen Burnie High School and ultimately the University of Baltimore (A.A., 1996) becoming an extremely successful businessman and dedicated local elected official.
Wagner would begin his tenure in political service as the Justice of the Peace for Anne Arundel County (1963-1964), then as the Committing Magistrate for Anne Arundel County (1965-1966). Wagner’s political career would move to the General Assembly as he would become a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1975. He’d serve in the House from 1975-1977 and leave there upon his election to the Maryland Senate in 1976.
Along the way, Wagner would be constantly involved with his community in a number of capacities. He’d serve as a member of several community groups including the Masons, the Elks, the Moose Lodge, the Linthicum-Ferndale Athletic Association, the Greater Ferndale Improvement Association, the Ferndale–Linthicum Community Council, the Andover Sports Boosters, the Glen Burnie Chamber of Commerce, Wagner Baseball, Inc., and the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame.
His later years would see Wagner continue in service and grow his businesses including the H&M Wagner and Sons food and restaurant supply service and the Michael’s 8th Avenue entertainment venue. Additionally, he’d continue in charitable and community work serving as a lead organizer for the annual Ferndale Day celebration and the Take Back Our Streets charitable organization.
Wagner passed away in 2012 leaving behind a legacy of dedication to service that endures to this day. Upon the passing of Senator Wagner, then District 32 State Senator Ed DeGrange paid his predecessor a great and succinct compliment. DeGrange stated: “Mike cared an awful lot about his community. He was a very giving person.”