Adelaide Eckardt

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Adelaide Eckardt
Maryland State Senate, District 37
In office
January 14, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 0
Minority Caucus Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates
Deputy Minority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland House of Delegates, District 37B
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland School of Nursing, 1978
Master'sUniversity of Maryland School of Nursing, 1981
OtherRN, Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing, 1964
Date of birthSeptember 8, 1943
Place of birthBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
Office website
Adelaide C. Eckardt (b. September 8, 1943) is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 37. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Eckhardt served in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 37B from 1995 to 2015. She served as Minority Caucus Leader from 2007 to 2013 and Deputy Minority Whip from 1999 to 2003.


Eckardt's professional experience includes working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Eastern Shore Hospital Center, Psychiatric Nurse Clinical Specialist, Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland and Salisbury University, a Consultant at Howard Community College and a registered nurse.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Eckardt served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Eckardt served on these committees:



See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maryland State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 25, 2014. Christopher R. Robinson was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Richard Colburn was defeated by Adelaide Eckardt in the Republican primary. Eckardt defeated Robinson in the general election. Taren James Nance (D) ran in the general election as a write-in candidate.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates District 37, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdelaide Eckardt 66.1% 26,397
     Democratic Christopher R. Robinson 33.9% 13,528
     Democratic Taren James Nance (write-in) 0% 4
Total Votes 39,929

Maryland State Senate, District 37 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdelaide Eckardt 56.9% 6,302
Richard Colburn Incumbent 43.1% 4,769
Total Votes 11,071


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Eckardt successfully won re-election in the general election on November 2, 2010. She took the first of two available seats in the district.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 37B General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Adelaide Eckardt (R) 23,106
Green check mark transparent.png Jeannie Haddaway (R) 22,309
Patrice Stanley (D) 10,476


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Adelaide Eckardt ran for District 37B of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of two seats, beating Jeannie Haddaway, James A. Adkins, and Tim Quinn.[4]

Adelaide Eckardt raised $70,250 for her campaign.[5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 37B
Candidates Votes Percent
Adelaide Eckardt (R) 19,980 34.5%
Jeannie Haddaway (R) 18,677 32.2%
James A. Adkins (D) 9,640 16.6%
Tim Quinn (D) 9,588 16.6%
Write-Ins 34 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Eckardt was up for re-election, she collected $34,804 in donations.[6]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Adelaide Eckardt's campaign in 2010
Maryland Realtors Association$1,500
Taylors Island Family Campground C/O Bruce & Ruthann Coulso$1,300
Health Policy Leadership Alliance$1,250
Coulson, Bruce D$800
Restaurant Association Of Maryland$800
Total Raised in 2010 $34,804


In 2006, Adelaide Eckardt collected $70,250 in donations.[7]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Egypt Road LLC $1,900
Jean Shehan $1,000
Sonia Jones $1,000
Maryland State Dental Association $900
Constellation Energy Group $850


Eckardt has been a member of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, Taxpayers Protection Caucus, Maryland Rural Caucus, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Advisory Board at Salisbury University, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and the House Special Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.[8]

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