A member of the Maryland General Assembly from 2007-2019, Jim Mathias would represent Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a State Senator from 2011-2019 and as a State Delegate from 2007-2011. Before all of that, however, he’d graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1974 and ultimately embark on a career as a small business owner on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Mathias would enter the public realm serving as a member of the Ocean City Board of Zoning Appeals (1987-1990), the City Council of Ocean City (1990-1996), and as the Mayor of Ocean City (1996-2006). He’d embark on a career in the Maryland General Assembly upon his election to the House of Delegates in 2006. In the House, he’d serve as a member of the Economic Matters Committee (2007-2011), the Ways and Means Committee (2006), and as Chairman of the Worcester County Delegation (2007-2011) until his election to the Maryland Senate in 2010.
Mathias’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including service as Chairman of the Eastern Shore Delegation (2015-2019) and Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area (2015-2019 along with membership on the Finance Committee (2011-2019), the Executive Nominations Committee (2015-2019), the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness (2015-2019), the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (2015-2019), and the Joint Committee on Program Open Space/Agricultural Land Preservation.
For both his professional and legislative efforts, Mathias was awarded numerous honors. These recognitions included the Paul S. Sarbanes Distinguished Public Service Award from the Wicomico County Democratic Central Committee (2017), the Outstanding Rural Health Legislator Award from the Maryland Rural Health Association (2015), the Legislative Leadership Award from the Maryland Clean Energy Center (2013) and certificates of appreciation from the Maryland Municipal League in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Following the 2018 elections, Mathias returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore where he now continues his long track record of public service as the Director of Government Relations for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.