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Elected in 2018 to represent Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County, Senator Sarah Elfreth is the youngest woman ever elected to the Maryland Senate. In her first legislative session, Sarah worked with colleagues across the aisle to pass eight of the nine bills she sponsored - earning her the designation on of Baltimore Sun’s “Freshman of the Year” - issues ranging from increasing oversight and transparency of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, strengthening reporting of environmental violations, establishing State funds to address the backlog of untested rape kits and provide legal fees for Title IX proceedings, and to build a consensus-based, stakeholder-led, and science-driven fisheries management plan for oysters."
Growing up, Sarah learned the values of hard work and public service from her union-member parents and with the benefit of an excellent public school education. Expanding opportunity and access for all - from our natural resources, to quality education, and economic opportunities - are at the center her public service and have been a consistent theme throughout her work.
Prior to being elected, Sarah spent her educational and professional career as a tireless advocate for protecting the environment and expanding education opportunities. She graduated magna cum laude from Towson University where she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. After earning a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University, Sarah spent four years as the Government Affairs Director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, working on legislation to protect our natural resources and increase public support for one of Maryland’s largest nonprofit organizations.
As Senator, Sarah serves on the Budget & Taxation Committee, as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, and as one of two senators representing Maryland on the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission. Apart from working on legislation, Sarah also helped to secure millions in capital funding for her district’s community priorities including the City of Annapolis to address flood mitigation, the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Deale Volunteer Fire Department, and other community establishments.
Sarah lives in downtown Annapolis where she remains active in local environmental, arts, and neighborhood groups. Sarah received the 2019 Joseph R. Biden Student Ally Award from the National Campus Leadership Council for her work to reform the Board of Regents and support of survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Recognition Award from Towson University and the 2017 Fannie Lou Hamer Award from the Anne Arundel County Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee for her work to make local government more transparent and inclusive. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of Emerge Maryland, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Democratic women serving in elected office. Sarah was recently named one of Maryland’s “20 in Their Twenties” by The Daily Record, and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Towson University Honors College.