Senator Rich Madaleno is one of the strongest and most influential leaders in the Maryland General Assembly. Since his election in 2002, Rich has succeeded in passing vital legislation to expand economic opportunities, make college more affordable, improve transportation, protect the environment, enhance government transparency and improve services for people with disabilities.
As a leader on budget issues in Maryland, Rich is a leading advocate for sustainable investments in education, health care and transportation. He is vocal critic of Governor Hogan’s continued attempts to finance tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting needed funding for schools and environmental programs.
In 2012, Rich was a leader in the fight to pass marriage equality in Maryland, which became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage by ballot.
In 2016, he introduced and passed legislation that guaranteed state funding for Planned Parenthood if the Federal government cut off funds – it is the first such law in the country.
Prior to his election, Rich had a successful career in public service working for the state and Montgomery County governments. He grew up in Silver Spring. He earned a bachelors’ degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University.
Rich and his husband, Mark Hodge, live in Kensington with their two children and dog. He is an ever-optimistic fan of the Washington Capitals.