A Message from the Mayor

I look forward to running an aggressive campaign that clearly lays out the choice between where Baltimore was when I took office, and how far we have come under my leadership. We are constructing the first new schools in a generation and the first new recreation centers in a decade. We have reduced unemployment by a third and fixed the fiscal mess we inherited. While we have made dramatic progress, I know that our work is not done. I look forward to laying out my vision to continue moving our City forward."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Get to Know the Mayor

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is proud to be the Mayor of Baltimore City, a place she has always called home. As Mayor, Stephanie will continue working every day to protect our most vulnerable citizens, to ensure that our businesses thrive, and to make our communities safer.

Even as a young girl, Stephanie knew her passion was for public service. Her father, the late Howard Peters "Pete" Rawlings, and her mother, Dr. Nina Rawlings, taught her the value of a life spent helping others. She has drawn from their lessons many times over the course of her career on the Baltimore City Council, and now as Mayor of Baltimore.

Stephanie served as City Council President from January 2007 to February 2010. She was first elected to the City Council in 1995, at the age of 25—the youngest person ever elected to the Baltimore City Council. She represented the council’s 5th District from 1995 to 2004 and the 6th District from 2004 to 2007, serving communities throughout West and Northwest Baltimore. From 1998 to 2006, she was an attorney with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender.

Recently, Stephanie has been elected to serve in key leadership positions where she has a national platform to advocate for Baltimore City. She is the current Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, and was recently elected to serve as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In her role as president, she works with mayors across the country to champion the needs of our cities and the people who live there. She is the first Baltimore Mayor elected to this position as well as the first African American woman.

Stephanie is a 1988 graduate of Western High School, the oldest public all-girls high school in the country. She would later graduate from Oberlin College in Ohio before returning to Baltimore to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995. She was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1996 and the federal bar in 1997.

Stephanie and her husband Kent live with their daughter Sophia in the Coldspring neighborhood of Baltimore City. They are members of Douglas Memorial Community Church, a historic Methodist Episcopal church in downtown Baltimore.

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