Richard Colburn

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Richard Colburn
Maryland State Senate District 37
In office
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 19
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State House of Delegates
Associate'sChesapeake Community College, 1982
BirthdayFebruary 9, 1950
Place of birthEaston, Maryland
ProfessionTown Manager, Town of Federalsburg
Office website
Personal website
Richard F. Colburn is a Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 37. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.


Colburn earned his A.A in Humanities and Social Sciences from Chesapeake College in 1982. His professional experience includes working as Town Manager for Federalsburg. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1972.[1]

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Colburn 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.[2][3]

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 State Senate elections, 2010

Colburn ran for re-election to the 37th District seat in 2010. Paul Galanek ran against him in the primary election on September 14, 2010. Colburn defeated Chris Robinson (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Maryland State Senate, District 37 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Colburn (R) 26,365 59.2%
Chris Robinson (D) 18,164 40.8%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Colburn ran for District 37 of the Maryland State Senate, beating Hilary Spence and Moonyene Jackson-Amis.[5]

Colburn raised $148,656 for his campaign.[6]

Maryland Senate, District 37
Candidates Votes Percent
Richard Colburn (R) 23,415 56.2%
Hilary Spence (D) 16,183 38.8%
Moonyene Jackson-Amis 2,043 4.9%
Write-Ins 25 0.1%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Colburn was up for re-election, he raised $137,400 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Realtors Association $2,725
Tieder Jr, John W $2,000
A Shore Team $1,925
Towers Concrete Products Inc $1,800


In 2006 Richard Colburn collected $148,656 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Realtors Association $5,250
Andy Harris for Senate $4,000
Friends of David Brinkley $3,000
Choptank Electric Cooperative $2,825


Colburn is married and has one daughter.[1]

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