Katherine Klausmeier

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Katherine Klausmeier
Maryland State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 12
Deputy Majority Leader, Maryland State Senate
2015 - present
Assistant Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State Senate
2003 - 2006
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesEssex Community College, 1971
Date of birthFebruary 22, 1950
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
ProfessionChild Life Coordinator, St. Joseph Medical Center
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Katherine Klausmeier is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 8. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002. Beginning in the 2015 session, Klausmeier serves as Deputy Majority Leader. She previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003.


Klausmeier earned her A.A. from Essex Community College in 1971. Her professional experience includes developing the Child Life Department at St. Joseph Hospital.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Klausmeier served on the following committees:

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Executive Nominations
Rules, Chair
Legislative Information Technology and Open Government
Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight, Chair


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Klausmeier 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. Incumbent Katherine Klausmeier defeated John Bishop in the Democratic primary. Erik Lofstad was unopposed in the Republican primary. Klausmeier defeated Lofstad in the general election.[2][3][4]

Maryland State Senate District 8, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Klausmeier Incumbent 61.3% 23,638
     Republican Erik Lofstad 38.7% 14,938
Total Votes 38,576

Maryland State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Klausmeier 81.7% 8,016
John Bishop 18.3% 1,800
Total Votes 9,816


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Klausmeier defeated Republican candidate Dee Hodges by a margin of 25,155 to 16,968 in the November 2 general election.[5]

In the September 14 primary election, Klausmeier ran unopposed.[6]

Maryland State Senate, District 8 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Katherine Klausmeier (D) 25,155 59.7%
Dee Hodges () 16,968 40.3%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Klausmeier ran for District 8 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Craig Borne.[7]

Katherine Klausmeier raised $207,787 for her campaign.[8]

Maryland Senate, District 8
Candidates Votes Percent
Katherine Klausmeier (D) 24,299 58.2%
Craig Borne 17,401 41.7%
Write-Ins 37 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Klausmeier was up for re-election, she raised $121,668 in donations.[9]

Her four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $3,000
Maryland Realtors Association $2,740
Service Employees DC & Maryland State Council 54 $2,500
Epic Pharmacies $2,500


Below are Klausmeier's top five campaign contributors in 2008:[10]

Contributor 2008 total
Health Policy Leadership Alliance $2,000
Marylanders for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership $2,000
Maryland Realtors Association $2,000
Klausmeier & Sons Inc. $2,000
Epic RX $2,000


Klausmeier is married and has two daughters. She served as the PTA president at Gunpowder Elementary School, election judge for Baltimore County, and education chair for the League of Women Voters in Baltimore County. She is a member of the Child Life Council of America, Association for the Care of Children's Health, Easter Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Perry Hall and White Marsh Business Assocation. She is an honorary life member of the Maryland Parent Teacher Association.[1]

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