A member of the Maryland General Assembly for some seven years, Perry Sfikas would serve as a Maryland State Senator from January 1995 to September 17, 2002, and a steady, unsung hand for the body.
Born in Baltimore in 1955, Sfikas would graduate from Patterson High School before making his way to George Washington University, B.A. (public and international affairs, 1977) and the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1985) then beginning a career in law as a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
Sfikas would begin his career in public office upon his election to the Baltimore City Council. He’d serve there from 1991-1995 before his election to the Maryland Senate in 1994. His tenure as a councilman would see him become a leader on tax issues culminating with his selection for the Profile in Courage Award from the Baltimore City Home Owners’ Coalition for Fair Property Taxes (1993).
Sfikas’s time in the Senate would be highlighted by numerous positions of responsibility including membership on multiple committees including the Judicial Proceedings Committee (2001-2002), the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee (1995-2000), the Executive Nominations Committee (1997-2002), and the Joint Committee on Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas (1995-2002).
Sfikas would resign from the Senate on September 17, 2002, to accept an appointment to the Maryland Parole Commission. He’d serve in the position until 2017, continuing his career-long commitment to public service.