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Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

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Shirley Nathan-Pulliam
Maryland State Senate, District 44
In office
January 14, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 0
Deputy Majority 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 10
Associate'sBaltimore Community College, 1975
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-Baltimore, 1980
Master'sJohns Hopkins University, 1987
Date of birthMay 20, 1939
Place of birthTrelawny, Jamaica
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
Office website
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (b. May 20, 1939) is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 44. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Nathan-Pulliam served in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 10 and currently serving as Deputy Minority Whip. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994.


Nathan-Pulliam's professional experience includes working as a registered nurse and business owner, and Faculty Associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nathan-Pulliam 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 Verna Jones-Rodwell was defeated by Shirley Nathan-Pulliam in the Democratic primary. Bernie Reiter was unopposed in the Republican primary. Nathan-Pulliam defeated Reiter in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland State Senate District 44, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Nathan-Pulliam 80.4% 26,261
     Republican Bernie Reiter 19.6% 6,412
Total Votes 32,673

Maryland State Senate, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Nathan-Pulliam 74.1% 9,851
Verna Jones-Rodwell Incumbent 25.9% 3,450
Total Votes 13,301


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Nathan-Pulliam came in second in the general election on November 2, 2010, securing re-election to one of three seats in the district.[3]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Emmett Burns, Jr. (D) 31,513
Green check mark transparent.png Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D) 31,399
Green check mark transparent.png Adrienne Jones (D) 29,719
Jeanne Turnock (R) 6,837


See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam ran for District 10 of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the second of three seats, losing to Emmett Burns, Jr. but beating Adrienne Jones.[4]

Shirley Nathan-Pulliam raised $85,095 for her campaign.[5]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 10
Candidates Votes Percent
Emmett Burns, Jr. (D) 29,140 34.2%
Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D) 28,544 33.5%
Adrienne Jones (D) 27,064 31.8%
Write-Ins 370 0.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Nathan-Pulliam was up for re-election, she collected $59,739 in donations.[6]

Her largest contributors in 2010 were:

Maryland House of Delegates 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Shirley Nathan-Pulliam's campaign in 2010
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$4,000
E Source Technologies Inc$2,500
Service Employees Dc & Maryland State Council 54$2,000
Hollis Seunarine Md$1,200
Maryland Association For Justice$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $59,739


In 2006, Shirley Nathan-Pulliam collected $85,095 in donations.[7]

Her five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters $5,000
Minority Health Marketing Services $3,000
Jean Hamilton $2,500
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East $2,000
Tyrone Taborn $2,000


Nathan-Pulliam is Secretary of the Baltimore County Delegation, and a member of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, *Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, Maryland Green Caucus, Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, Asbestos Oversight Committee, and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.[8]

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