An elected official from 1995-2007, Sharon Grosfeld would serve as a Maryland State Senator from 2003-2007, and a Maryland State Delegate from 1995-2003.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Grosfeld would attend New York University (B.A., Sociology, 1979; M.A., Sociology, 1981) and the Antioch School of Law (J.D., 1985). She’d be admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1987 thus beginning an accomplished career in law.
Grosfeld would begin her career in public office upon her election as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994. She’d serve in the House from 1995-2003 as a member of the Judiciary Committee (ultimately coming to Chair its Criminal Justice Subcommittee from 1999-2003) until her election to the Maryland Senate in 2002.
Grosfeld’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as a member of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee (2003-2007), the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area (2003-2007), the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (2003-2007), the Task Force to Study Efficiency in Procurement (2003), the Governor’s Commission on Housing Policy (2003-2004), the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (2004-2007), and the Governor’s Council on Family Violence Prevention (2006-2007).
For both her professional and legislative efforts, Grosfeld was awarded numerous honors. These recognitions included the Beverly A. Groner Family Law Award from the Maryland State Bar Association (2004), the Outstanding Legislative Leader Award from the ARC of Maryland (2004), the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Maryland Association of Community Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (2004), a certificate of appreciation from the Kensington Mayor and Town Council, and the Humane State Legislator Award from the Humane Society of the United States (2006).
Grosfeld’s career continues to leave a legacy of passionate service to all those most in need. In summarizing her political career, ElectWomen.com stated: “During the twelve years that she served in the General Assembly, Sharon sponsored numerous pieces of legislation, but focused most of her efforts on bills to protect victims of domestic violence, to address women’s health and reproductive rights and to clean up the environment. She has been successful in achieving many positive changes in Maryland law that have improved the lives of thousands of women, children, and families.” Truer words couldn’t be echoed.