Senator Catherine Pugh has been a public servant for over 20 years. She served as a member of the Baltimore Maryland City Council and was elected 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 has catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate. She currently serves as the Majority Leader. Named the Best Politician, Getting the Job Done by the City Paper, Senator Pugh has passed over 150 pieces of legislation.
Recently elected to serve as President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), Senator Pugh represents nearly 675 African American state legislators from 47 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. As president she plans to focus on transparency, growth, educating members, and advocating on behalf of communities to ensure inclusion and diversity that results in the expansion and growth of African American businesses and the well-being of our communities.
An entrepreneur by trade, she is President of CEPugh and Company, a marketing and public relations firm. 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. Senator Pugh is founder of the Baltimore Design School and the Baltimore Marathon. 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 organization both local and nationally to include: The United State 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.