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Nancy Jacobs
Maryland State Senate, District 34
Former member
In office
Minority Leader, Maryland State Senate
Prior offices
Maryland House of Delegates
Bachelor'sWest Virginia University, 1973
Date of birthOctober 27, 1951
Place of birthCharleston, West Virginia
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Nancy Jacobs is a former Republican member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 34 from 1999 to 2015. She served as a Minority Whip and Leader. Jacobs did not seek re-election in 2014.


Jacobs earned her B.S. in Journalism and Speech from West Virginia University.[1] Her professional experience includes working as an educator, realtor and small business owner.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Jacobs' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • American Defense and Our Veterans

Excerpt: "A military influence and presence here in Maryland is paramount and must be maintained... My priorities in Congress include provisions at the federal and state level for military veterans and families in housing and economic development."[3]

  • Job Creation and the Economy

Excerpt: "The plain and simple truth is this Congress’s number one priority must be job creation.Small businesses need to be confident that government won’t stand in their way of hiring, expanding and investing in our local communities."[4]

  • Education

Excerpt: "I fully support the implementation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in our public schools. (Math and Science Academy at AHS)...I am a strong advocate for charter schools."[5]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "If elected, I will vote to repeal the Healthcare Reform Act and work hard to come up with an alternative plan that brings down healthcare costs and better serves the American people."[6]

  • Our Debt, Our Spending and Our Budget

Excerpt: "The reality of our entitlement system is that at best it's unsustainable and at worst, it's crippling. We must work to maintain our current promises to seniors with phased-in reforms." Jacobs is also in favor of the Balanced Budget Amendment.[7]



See also: Maryland's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Jacobs ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Maryland's 2nd District. She won the Republican primary on April 3, 2012, beating opponents Larry Smith, Patrick McDonough, Howard Orton, Vladmir Degen, and Richard Impallaria. She was defeated by Democratic incumbent Dutch Ruppersberger in the November general election.[8]

Andy Harris, representative from the 1st District, supported Jacobs in the Republican primary.[9][10]

General election

U.S. House, Maryland District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDutch Ruppersberger Incumbent 65.6% 194,088
     Republican Nancy Jacobs 31.1% 92,071
     Libertarian Leo Dymowski 3.2% 9,344
     Republican Ray Bly (Write-in) 0% 22
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 415
Total Votes 295,940
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

Republican Primary

U.S. House, Maryland, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Jacobs 58.9% 12,372
Ray Bly 2% 415
Vlad Degen 1.5% 324
Rick Impallaria 23.8% 4,998
Howard Orton 2.4% 500
Larry Smith 11.4% 2,392
Total Votes 21,001


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Jacobs ran for re-election to the 34th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Jacobs defeated Arthur Helton, Jr. (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[11]

Maryland State Senate, District 34 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Nancy Jacobs (R) 22,358 56%
Arthur Helton, Jr. (D) 17,540 44%


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Jacobs ran for District 34 of the Maryland State Senate, beating William Kilby.[12]

Jacobs raised $154,551 for her campaign.[13]

Maryland Senate, District 34
Candidates Votes Percent
Nancy Jacobs (R) 21,601 57.3%
William Kilby (D) 16,108 42.7%
Write-Ins 18 0.0%

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Jacobs lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Jacobs' campaign committee raised a total of $258,792 and spent $244,191.[14]


In 2010, a year in which Jacobs was up for re-election, she raised $132,001 in donations.[15]

Her four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Maryland Realtors Association $5,000
Hemaco Management $3,000
Meoli, Anthony J $3,000
Maryland Land Title Association $2,400


In 2006 Nancy Jacobs collected $154,551 in donations.[16]

Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Northeast Beverage Corporation $3,420
Newport Landing LLC $3,000
Kathleen Ollette $3,000
Maryland Realtors Association $2,030


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Jacobs is married and has three children and four grandchildren.[1]

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Preceded by
Maryland State Senate District 34
Succeeded by
Bob Cassilly (R)