Claiming a Vote: Women Legislators of Maryland
The General Assembly

By Kathy Postel Kretman and Gregory G. Lebel
January 1, 1991


Kathy Postel Kretman is working toward her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Maryland, where her research interest in women in state legislatures was stimulated while directing a seminar on women and politics.

A former National Urban Fellow and senior research analyst in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Ms. Kretman has an extensive background in issues affecting minorities and women. After completing a master's degree in government, Ms. Kretman worked for the Center for Corporate Public Involvement, advising chief executive officers on social issues and corporate contributions. Later, at People for the American Way, she directed a number or the organization's national projects involving first amendment rights.

Currently, Ms. Kretman is serving as a member of the board of the Maryland Women's Political Caucus, vice-president of her neighhorhood association, and room parent of her son Josh's first grade class.

Gregory C. Lebel is a Research Associate and member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Political Management in New York. A specialist in political and public affairs, Mr. Lebel is writing a series of case studies in political ethics under the auspices of The Graduate School of Political Management and the U. S. Department of Education.

Mr. Lebel's political experience includes Senator Gary Hart's 1984 New Hampshire Primary campaign, where he served as State Field Director. In addition, he has worked in campaigns in New Mexico, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Lehel holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is pursuing a Doctorate in Political Science at the University of Maryland.

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