Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Craig Zucker

District 14 (Montgomery County)

Annapolis Office

James Senate Office Building, Room 122
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3625, (301) 858-3625

Craig J. Zucker is a Democratic state senator from Maryland’s 14th District, which contains more than 126,000 residents. He was appointed to the Maryland State Senate on February 4th, 2016, to fill a vacancy that was created. He was elected to a full term in the Maryland State Senate in 2018.

In the 2020, Craig became Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, after having served as Deputy Majority Leader. Craig serves on the powerful Budget and Tax Committee, where he chairs the Education, Business, and Administration. In this capacity, Craig reviews the budgets of all higher education institutions in the state an ensures that tuition remains affordable. Craig also serves as Vice-Chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee which helps invest in our local arts, cultural and historical landmarks.

Craig is known for providing top notch constituent service and sponsoring and passing legislation that are meaningful and reflect our shared values. Craig has earned a reputation for being a tireless legislator and a champion for those with developmental disabilities. He was the chief sponsor of many pieces of legislation that provided equity and opportunities for this population. As a result, Craig has been recognized for the past 4 years with the Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award from the Arc of Maryland.

Over his two terms in office, Craig has sponsored successful pieces of legislation, including laws that protect minors from identity theft, helping homeowners facing foreclosure, and took the first steps towards upgrading Maryland’s 911 system. Additionally, he sponsored and passed legislation that provides the opportunity for thousands of students with developmental disabilities to go to college. He has championed legislation for the state’s foster youth and have helped boost business for local restaurants and businesses throughout the area. He also passed first of its kind, nationally recognized bipartisan legislation that curbs workplace sexual harassment and teaches age appropriate consent in our high schools.

Craig was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010. While in the House, he served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and served as chairman of the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, as well as serving on the Capital Budget Subcommittee, the Oversight Committee on Pensions, the Oversight Committee on Personnel, the Spending Affordability Committee and the Joint Committee on Pensions. He also served as the House Chairman for the Joint Audit Committee.

As a member of House Appropriations leadership, Craig helped review a $40 billion budget and protected funding for the priorities of many Marylanders, including services for people with developmental disabilities, health care coverage for low income pregnant women, and substance abuse counseling.

As Chair of the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Craig understood the importance of making sure the most vulnerable Marylanders had the resources they need to be successful. That is why he was proud to sponsor HB 1105 – The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which is now law. ABLE, when fully enacted, will allow for special savings accounts to be set up for individuals with disabilities and their families. These accounts will help fund qualified expenses for individuals with disabilities, including medical care, education, housing, and assistive technology. This legislation begins the ABLE process in Maryland and will help to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the resources they need to be successful.

Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Craig spent more than fifteen years as a dedicated public servant. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Maryland State Comptroller, where he worked directly with Maryland’s legislators, executive branch, and community and business leaders across the state. Before that, he was Director of Maryland Home Care for an association, helping to improve the lives of the more than 5,000 underpaid home healthcare workers throughout Maryland by securing their first wage increase in nearly two decades.

Craig earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and his Masters Degree in Government from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Brookeville, Maryland with his wife Jenny, their two sons, and their dog Sophie.

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