[photo, Michael J. Hough, Maryland State Senator] MICHAEL J. HOUGH
Republican, District 4, Carroll & Frederick Counties

Member of Senate, January 14, 2015 to January 11, 2023. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2015-23; Executive Nominations Committee, 2021-23; Legislative Policy Committee, 2021-23; Rules Committee, 2021-23. Member, Public Safety and Policing Work Group, 2015-16; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2015-18. Minority Whip, 2020. Vice-Chair, Frederick County Delegation, 2018-21. Member, Maryland Community Caucus, 2015-23; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2015-23; Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2015-23; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2015-23. Maryland Chair, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011-23.

Member, Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015-16; Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, 2016-23; Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission, 2016-23. Chair, Task Force to Study Maryland's Criminal Gang Statutes, 2018-20. Member, Task Force to Study the Frederick County Public School System’s Elementary School Social–Emotional Learning Pilot Program, 2019-20; Task Force to Study Crime Classification and Penalties, 2019-21; COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, 2020-21.

Chief of Staff, U.S. Representative Alex X. Mooney of West Virginia, 2nd Congressional District, 2017-.

Member of House of Delegates, representing District 3B, Frederick and Washington Counties, January 12, 2011 to January 14, 2015. Member, Judiciary Committee, 2011-15 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 2011-15). Member, Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013. Assistant Minority Leader, 2013-15. Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2011-15; Maryland Community Caucus, 2012-15; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2012-15; Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2012-15. Director, Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, and Public Safety and Elections Task Force, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2007-11.

Member, Airport Advisory Commission, Hagerstown Regional Airport, 2013-.

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 4, 1979. Attended Watkins Mill High School, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Community College of the Air Force, A.A. (applied sciences), 2002; Towson University, B.S. (political science), 2007. Missile maintenance technician, U.S. Air Force, 1998-2002. Sales associate, Sears, 2002-04. Legislative aide to State Senator Alex X. Mooney, 2004-07. Resident Fellow on Public Safety, American Legislative Exchange Council, 2008-15. Senior Policy Advisor, Faith and Freedom Coalition, 2015-17. Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, Aspen Institute, 2019-. Member, Frederick County Republican Central Committee, 2006-10 (chair & vice-chair, 2008). Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2012. Member, American Legion Post no. 297, Baltimore; Knights of Columbus. Award for Conservative Excellence, American Conservative Union, 2016. Member, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Brunswick, Maryland. Married; three children.

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