Senator Katie Fry Hester is an independently minded legislator who prioritizes people over politics and is serving in her first term as State Senator. Since joining the Maryland Senate in 2019, 25 pieces of her legislation have passed with bipartisan supermajorities – including the state’s first comprehensive cybersecurity reform package; legislation to establish a first-in-the-nation revolving loan fund for flood prevention and environmental resiliency projects; and a multi-million dollar investment of Medicaid dollars for student mental and behavioral health. She serves on the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, and chairs the Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, IT, and Biotechnology, as well as the bi-partisan Small Business Jobs Caucus.
Prior to her election, Katie worked in international development for 20 years to create public- private strategies for sustainable development, advised companies on stakeholder engagement, and trained hundreds of people in partnership building. Now, Katie is using these experiences as your State Senator.
Katie understands that differences of opinion can get in the way of working together — but underneath these differences we share common values. Katie believes that when we connect with each other on our common values, incredible things can happen, and has always strived to build consensus and drive innovative solutions.Learn More About Katie