Delores Kelley

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Delores Kelley
Maryland State Senate District 10
In office
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 20
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$143/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sVirginia State College, 1956
Master'sNew York University, 1958
Ph.D.University of Maryland College Park, 1977
Date of birthMay 1, 1936
Place of birthNorfolk, VA
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Delores G. Kelley is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 1994. She previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991 to 1995.


Kelley earned her B.A. in philosophy from Virginia State College in 1956, her M.A. in education from New York University in 1958, her M.A. in speech communication from Purdue University in 1972, and her Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Maryland College Park in 1977. Her professional experience includes working as a professor and dean at Coppin State College.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Executive Nominations, Vice-Chair
Unemployment Insurance Oversight


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

Note: Kelley also served on the Subcommittee on Health.


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

Note: Kelley also served on the Subcommittee on Health.



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 Delores Kelley defeated Stephanie Boston and Pat Kelly in the Democratic primary and has no ballot opposition in the general election. Boston ran as a write-in candidate in the general election.[1][2][3]

Maryland State Senate District 10, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDelores Kelley Incumbent 99.4% 30,448
     Democratic Stephanie Boston (write-in) 0.6% 195
Total Votes 30,643

Maryland State Senate, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDelores Kelley Incumbent 69.5% 9,048
Stephanie Boston 19.7% 2,565
Pat Kelly 10.8% 1,400
Total Votes 13,013


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Kelley won re-election to the 10th District seat in 2010. She received 37,327 votes. Write-in candidate Stephanie Boston received 438 votes.

Kelley defeated Stephanie Boston and Pat Kelly in the primary on September 14, 2010.[4]

Maryland State Senate, District 10 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Delores Kelley (D) 37,327 98.8%
Stephanie Boston (Write-in) 438 1.2%


On November 7, 2006, Kelly ran unopposed for District 10 of the Maryland State Senate.[5]

Kelly raised $71,028 for her campaign.[6]

Maryland Senate, District 10
Candidates Votes Percent
Delores Kelley 33,526 99.3%
Write-Ins 245 0.7%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Kelley was up for re-election, she raised $75,367 in donations.[7]

Her four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Baltimore County West Democratic Slate $10,734
Maryland Insurance Council $2,000
Maryland Bankers Association $2,000
Health Policy Leadership Alliance $1,500


Below are Kelley's top five campaign contributors in 2008:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Life Settlement Providers LLC $1,500
BB&T Bank $1,500
Maryland Bankers Association $1,500
PGA Court Towers LTD Partnership $1,000
Allstate Insurance $1,000


Kelley is married and has three children. She is a member of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, president of the Tenth District Democratic Club and vice-chair of the Harbor Bank of Maryland board of directors. She has received the following awards: Champion for Children Award from the Maryland Foster Care Review Board (1996); First Annual Racial Justice Award from the YWCA of Greater Baltimore (1996); named Maryland's Top 100 Women by the Daily Record for years 1996, 1999 and 2004; the Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award by the Women's Law Center of Maryland (1997); and the Legislator of the Year Award from the Domestic Violence Network of Maryland (1998).[9]

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