Christopher Shank

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Christopher Shank
Maryland State Senate District 2
Former member
In office
January 12, 2011-January 14, 2015
Minority Whip, Maryland State House of Delegates
Prior offices
Maryland House of Delegates
Bachelor'sThe Johns Hopkins University, 1994
Master'sGeorge Washington University, 1998
Date of birthJune 30, 1972
Place of birthHagerstown, Maryland
ReligionChrist's Reformed Church
Christopher B. Shank (b. June 30, 1972) is a former Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 2 from 2011 to 2015. Shank resigned in January 2015 after being named to head the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.[1]

Shank served in the Maryland House of Delegates, in which he was the Minority Whip, from 1999 to January 12, 2011.


Shank's professional career includes working as a Procurement Specialist with the Meadows Agency of Insurance, and Legislative Assistant of the Washington County Delegation.

Committee assignments


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


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

House of Representatives committees (former)


Ban on atheists holding office

Washington and six other states have provisions in their state constitutions that ban those who don't believe in God from holding public office. A campaign by the Openly Secular coalition has pressed for those seven states to remove those bans from their constitution. According to the United States Supreme Court, such bans are unenforceable. A 1961 Supreme Court decision ruled unanimously in a Maryland case that no state can have a "religious test" for those holding public office. Shank told reporters in December, 2014, that he believes in pluralism but is against changing or removing the provision. "I think what they want is an affirmation that the people of the state of Maryland don't care about the Christian faith, and that is a little offensive," Shank told reporters.[2]



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. Incumbent Christopher Shank was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Maryland's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Shank was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 6th District. Shank sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was January 11, 2012. The primary elections were held on April 3, 2012. Candidates Charles Bailey, Robert Garagiola, Milad Pooran, Mark Shriver, John Delaney, and Ron Little ran on the Democratic ticket. Shank faced opposition from David Brinkley, Robert Coblentz, Brandon Rippeon, Robin Ficker, Joseph Krysztoforski, Alexander Mooney, Bud Otis, Kathy Afzali, Peter James and incumbent Roscoe Bartlett on the Republican ticket.


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Shank won election to the 2nd District Senate seat, and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

In the September 14th primary election, Sharp defeated incumbent Donald Munson by a margin of 6,720 to 5,059.[8]

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Shank is one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.

Maryland State Senate, District 2 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Shank (R) 21,319 71.6%
Donald Munson (Write-in) 8,469 28.4%
Maryland State Senate, District 2 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Christopher Shank 6,478 57.5%
Donald Munson 4,789 42.5%


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Christopher Shank ran unopposed for District 2B of the Maryland House of Delegates.[9]

Christopher Shank raised $63,143 for his campaign.[10]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 2B
Candidates Votes Percent
Christopher Shank (R) 9,606 99.0%
Write-Ins 101 1.0%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Shank raised $56,677 in contributions.[11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Shank, Christopher B $5,025
Odonnell-Shank Victory Fund $3,800
Bowen, Virginia E $3,000
Citizens For Paul Muldowney $2,500


In 2008, Christopher Shank collected $63,143 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Republican Party $4,000
Hagerstown Heart PA $3,000
Blue Ridge Anesthesia LLC $2,000
Associated Radiologists $1,250


Congressional preference


Shank endorsed David Brinkley (R) in the 6th Congressional District in 2012.[13]


Shank and his wife, Cindy, have two children. He has been Vice-President of the Washington County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and a member of the Cold Weather Homeless Shelter of Washington County, Holcim Plant Advisory Panel and Sharpsburg Lions Club.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Munson
Maryland State Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Maryland House of Delegates District 2B
Succeeded by
Neil Parrott (R)