Ulysses Currie

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Ulysses Currie
Maryland State Senate District 25
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
Prior offices
Maryland State House of Delegates
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina A&T State College, 1959
Master'sThe American University, 1968
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1960-1963
Place of birthWhiteville, North Carolina
Office website
Personal website
Ulysses Currie is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.


Currie earned his bachelor's degree from North Carolina A&T State College and his M.Ed. from American University. His professional experience includes working as a teacher. He served in the United States Army.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Maryland Committee Assignments, 2015
Budget & Taxation
Executive Nominations
Legislative Policy


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

Note: Currie also served on the Special Committee on Pensions, Subcommittee on Capital Budget, Subcommittee on Education, Business, and Administration and Subcommittee on Pensions.


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

Note: Currie also served on the Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections 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 Ulysses Currie defeated Terry Goolsby and Melony Griffith in the Democratic primary, while Kory Boone was unopposed in the Republican primary. Currie defeated Boone in the general election.[1][2]

Maryland House of Delegates District 25, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngUlysses Currie Incumbent 92% 29,097
     Republican Kory Boone 6% 1,902
     Democratic Matthew Fogg (write-in) 1.7% 524
     Democratic Jennifer Lowery-Bell (write-in) 0.3% 87
Total Votes 31,610

Maryland State Senate, District 25 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngUlysses Currie Incumbent 58.7% 8,173
Melony Griffith 37.7% 5,253
Terry Goolsby 3.6% 503
Total Votes 13,929


See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Currie ran unopposed in the November 2 election, and received 31,189 votes to win re-election. Jennifer Lowery-Bell, a write-in candidate, received 281 votes.[3]

In the September 14 primary election, Currie ran unopposed.[4]


On November 7, 2006, Currie ran unopposed for District 25 of the Maryland State Senate.[5]

Currie raised $299,776 for his campaign.[6]

Maryland Senate, District 25
Candidates Votes Percent
Ulysses Currie (D) 26,333 99.7%
Write-Ins 79 0.3%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Currie was up for re-election, he raised $95,690 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Democratic Attorney Generals Association $3,846
Prince Georges County Democratic Central Cmte $3,000
Fentress, Chadwick $3,000
Hillman, Lawrence P $3,000


In 2006, Ulysses Currie collected $299,776 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Friends of Dereck Davis $6,000
Citizens for Melony Griffith $5,000
Maryland Realtors Association $5,000
SuperValu $5,000


Currie is married and has two sons.[9]


Federal corruption probe

Currie has been the subject of a federal corruption probe since at least May 2008, when he was accused of pushing for legislation favorable to a supermarket firm which employed him as a consultant. He also did not promptly disclose on financial statements that the firm paid him.

In February 2010, Currie was accused of using campaign contributions to pay some $41,500 in criminal defense legal fees. The Attorney General's office has explicitly stated that campaign money can only be used for election related expenses. Currie has declined to comment, and so far no charges have been brought against him.[10]

The trial for the corruption charges began on September 27, 2011.[11]

Bribery trial

Federal bribery charges against Currie resulted in a trial that began on September 26, 2011. The charges allege Currie used his position of power to benefit Shoppers Food Warehouse, which he served as a consultant for but did not disclose on ethics forms for five years. Further, the $245,000 he received in payments, they allege, amount to bribes and extortion. Specific complaints against Currie alleging he pressed state officials to help Shoppers in a variety of ways, including land acquisition, road improvements and stoplights.[12]

Evidence introduced by Currie's attorneys on October 26 showed the senator to have a long history of omissions and sloppiness in his state financial disclosure forms, claiming his failure to disclose his work for Shoppers was not unusual but an oversight.[13]

Currie was found not guilty in November 2011 after three full days of deliberation by a federal jury.[14]

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