James Mathias, Jr.

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James Mathias, Jr.
Maryland State Senate District 38
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 5, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$43,500/year
Per diem$142/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Maryland State House of Delegates
Mayor, Ocean City
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1974
Date of birthSeptember 2, 1951
Place of birthBaltimore, MD
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
Office website
James Mathias, Jr. (b. September 2, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Maryland State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2006 to 2011 and as Mayor of Ocean City from 1996 to 2006.

Mathias's professional experience includes owning a small business.

Committee assignments


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

  • Finance
  • Special Subcommittee on Program Open Space/Agricultural Land Preservation
  • Subcommittee on Health


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

  • Economic Matters
    • Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverages
    • Subcommittee on Banking, Economic Development, Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commercial Law



See also: Maryland House of Delegates elections, 2010

Mathias did not seek re-election to the House of Delegates in 2010.

See also: Maryland State Senate elections, 2010

Mathias defeated Republican candidate Michael James and Independent candidate Rick Carey in the November 2 general election.[1] Republican incumbent J. Lowell Stoltzfus did not run for re-election.

In the September 14th primary election, Mathias defeated Charles Lehrer. [2]

Maryland State Senate, District 38 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Mathias, Jr. (D) 23,559 50.7%
Michael James (R) 22,919 49.3%
Maryland State Senate, District 38- Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Mathias, Jr. 7,435 85%
Charles Lehrer 1,308 15%


On November 7, 2006, James Mathias, Jr. ran for District 38B of the Maryland House of Delegates, winning the first of two seats, beating Norman Conway, Michael James and Bonnie Luna. [3]

James Mathias, Jr. raised $137,949 for his campaign.[4]

Maryland House of Delegates, District 38B
Candidates Votes Percent
James Mathias, Jr. (D) 15,082 26.6%
Norman Conway (D) 14,223 25.1%
Michael James (R) 13,969 24.6%
Bonnie Luna (R) 13,469 23.7%
Write-Ins 24 0.0%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Mathias raised $312,502 in contributions. [5]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Seiu 1199 $6,000
Maryland Insurance Council $5,500
Maryland Education Association $5,350
O C Seacrets Inc $4,000
Tio Gringos Inc $4,000


In 2006 James Mathias, Jr. collected $137,949 in donations. [6]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Friends of Norm Conway & James Mathias, Jr. $6,000
Compleat Restorations $4,000
Bahia Marina Inc. $4,000
Royal Plus Inc. $4,000
Leighton Moore $4,000


Mathias and his wife, Kathy, have two children. He is a member of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center Advisory Board, Maryland Tourism Development Board, and the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bay.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Lowell Stoltzfus
Maryland State Senate District 38
January 12, 2011 - present
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Maryland House of Delegates District 38B
2006–January 12, 2011
Succeeded by
Mike McDermott