Senator Catherine Pugh has been a public servant for over 15 years. She served as a member of the Baltimore City Council, representing the 4th district (1999-2003). During her tenure as Council Member, Senator Pugh served as: Chair of the Taxation Subcommittee on Economic Development, Vice-Chair of the Land Use & Planning Committee and member of the Urban Affairs Committee. In 2005 she was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates, where she served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Senator Pugh’s abilities to negotiate and her bipartisan approach have catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate. She currently serves as the Majority Leader. Named Legislator of the Year (2010) by the City Paper, Senator Pugh has passed over 150 pieces of legislation. She currently serves as President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).


She has worked tirelessly to put forward thoughtful policy solutions that result in a better quality of life for Baltimore. Under her leadership, over the past four years, the 40th District Delegation has given over one million dollars in academic scholarships to Baltimore youth. She helped pass legislation to raise the Maryland minimum wage for working families. Senator Pugh is the visionary, co-founder and Chair of the Baltimore Design School, a public school for sixth through twelfth graders, and a founder of the Baltimore Marathon, which is in its fifteenth year and has over a $30 million impact on the city. She also created the Fish out of Water Project, which has raised one million dollars to wire city schools and provided music instruments for children. Senator Pugh has served on several boards, including the University of Maryland Medical Systems and the Council of State Governments.



An entrepreneur by trade, she is President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. She also owns a local consignment shop in Pigtown called 2 Chic Boutique.  She has worked as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, and as a television and radio news reporter and talk show host. She is the author of Mind Garden: Where Thoughts Grow and Healthy Holly, a series of children’s books advocating exercise and healthy eating.



Senator Pugh holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has received qualification from the University of California as an Economic Development Specialist. She has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to diversity and inclusion by numerous organizations both local and nationally to include: The United States Small Business Advocate of the Year, The National Association of Securities Professionals Joyce Johnson Award, The NAACP Legislator of the Year, The Mental Health Associations Legislator of the Year, and the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Living Legacy Award, to name a few.