Nathaniel McFadden

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Nathaniel McFadden
Maryland State Senate District 45
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 20
President Pro Tempore, Maryland State Senate
Majority Leader, Maryland State Senate
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMorgan State University, 1968
Master'sMorgan State University, 1972
Date of birthAugust 3, 1946
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
ProfessionFacilitator, Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School
Office website
Nathaniel J. McFadden (b. August 3, 1946) is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 45 and serving as Senate President Pro Tempore. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

McFadden served on the Baltimore City Council from 1982 to 1987.


McFadden earned his B.A. in Geography & History Education from Morgan State University in 1968 and his M.S. in History & Social Sciences in 1972. His professional experience includes working as a Teacher for Dunbar High School, Head of the Social Sciences Department at Lombard Junior High School, Principal of the Dunbar Adult Evening School, Coordinator of Community Affairs at Sojourner-Douglass College, Coordinator of Educational Opportunity Program at Lake Clifton and Eastern Senior High School in Baltimore, Work-Based Learning Manager for Baltimore City Public Schools, Teacher for the Baltimore City Public Schools, and Facilitator for the Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School from 1998 to the present.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Budget & Taxation
Executive Nominations
Gaming Oversight
Legislative Ethics
Legislative Information Technology and Open Government
Legislative Policy
Spending Affordability


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

Note: McFadden also served on the Special Committee on Pensions, the Subcommittee on Capital Budget, the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and the Subcommittee on Pensions.


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

Note: McFadden also served on the Special Joint Committee on Pensions (Senate Chair) and the Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships.



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 Nathaniel McFadden defeated Julius Henson in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election. Daton Lynch ran as an independent candidate but did not appear on the general election ballot after not meeting filing requirements.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNathaniel McFadden Incumbent 80.7% 9,179
Julius Henson 19.3% 2,192
Total Votes 11,371


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

McFadden ran for re-election to the 45th District seat in 2010. He defeated Aaron Keith Wilkes in the primary on September 14, 2010. McFadden was unopposed in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Maryland State Senate, District 45 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nathaniel McFadden (D) 23,159 100%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, McFadden ran for District 45 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Leonard Wolff.[4]

Maryland Senate, District 45
Candidates Votes Percent
Nathaniel McFadden (D) 19,838 86.4%
Leonard Wolff (R) 3,112 13.5%
Write-Ins 23 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which McFadden was up for re-election, he raised $83,054 in donations.[5]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters $5,000
Baltimore City Fire Fighters Local 734 $2,038
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
Maryland Realtors Association $2,000


In 2006, Nathaniel McFadden collected $92,768 in donations.[6]

His six largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Marylanders for Mike Miller $3,000
Maryland Realtors Association $2,250
Mystic Construction Inc. $2,000
Ben Cardin for Senate $2,000
CMAT International Inc. $2,000
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association $2,000


McFadden and his wife, Rachel, have three children.

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