[photo, Katie Fry Hester, Maryland State Senator] KATHRYN A. (KATIE) FRY HESTER
Democrat, District 9, Howard County & Montgomery County

Member of Senate since January 9, 2019 (representing Carroll & Howard counties, Jan. 9, 2019 to Jan. 11, 2023; representing Howard & Montgomery counties since Jan. 11, 2023). Deputy Majority Whip, 2023-. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology, 2019-. Member, Joint Audit and Evaluation Committee, 2019-; Education, Energy and the Environment Committee, 2023- (energy subcommittee, 2023; environment subcommittee, 2023-); Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2023-. Senate Co-Chair, Protocol Committee, 2020-22. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2019; Joint Audit Committee, 2019; Work Group to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors, 2019-20. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2020-22 (alcohol subcommittee, 2020-22; health subcommittee, 2020-22). Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2019-.

Member, Adaptive Reuse of Historic Properties Study Steering Committee, 2019-20; Phosphorus Management Tool Transition Advisory Committee, 2019-22; Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland, 2019-; Maryland Rural Council, 2019-; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2019-; Maryland Food System Resiliency Council, 2021-; Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports, 2022-; Maryland Cybersecurity Council, 2022-.

Cornell University, B.Sc. (agricultural & biological engineering), 1997. Senior Analyst, Arthur D. Little, 1998-2001. Manager, Research and Advocacy, SustainAbility, 2008-09 (senior advisor, 2001-04; manager, engaging stakeholders, 2005-07; working sabbatical, 2008). Americas Director, The Partnering Initiative, 2015- (senior associate, 2009-13; director, business partnership action, 2013-15). Member, Maryland First Responders. Volunteer, Wisp Ski Patrol. Member, Do The Most Good; Indivisible Howard County; Mobilize HoCo Schools. Member, Ellicott City and Western Howard County Democratic Club. Registered yoga teacher, The Yoga Center of Columbia, 2013. Member, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Ellicott City, Maryland. Married; two daughters.

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