Nancy Jacobs (R-MD-2)

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Nancy Jacobs Congressional Candidate Maryland District 2


Biography of Nancy Jacobs from The Committee to Elect Nancy Jacobs

Senator Nancy Jacobs, Republican, represents the 34th Legislative District located in Cecil County and Southern Harford County. Senator Jacobs was elected to the House of Delegates in 1994. She served on the House Judiciary Committee and as a member of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee. In 1995 she was named Freshman Minority Whip, and in 1997 she was appointed Deputy Minority Whip.

Senator Jacobs was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1998, and serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Before being elected as Senate Minority Leader in 2011 she was elected Minority Whip in 2008.
Senator Jacobs has been a leader in passing legislation dealing with Jessica’s law, gangs, drunk driving and Cord blood initiatives. Senator Jacobs was born in Charleston, West Virginia, on October 27, 1951. She graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1969 and from West Virginia University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and speech, with a minor in secondary education.

After graduation from college, Senator Jacobs worked for WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, where she served as Continuity Director. In 1974, the Jacobs moved to Harford County, where she taught tennis and owned and operated West Shore Indoor Tennis Club in Edgewood from 1976-84. Additionally, she was the tennis professional for Swan Creek Country Club, she coached the John Carroll High School girl’s tennis team, and for several years she taught the Gold Cup Tennis Program for Harford County.

In the early 1980′s, Senator Jacobs became involved in Concerned Women for America (CWA). From 1985-90 she served as the state Communications Coordinator for CWA of Maryland. During that time she also taught English in several Harford County schools as a long-term substitute. Senator Jacobs was also a licensed realtor. She became the Maryland Representative for CWA in 1990 and served in that capacity until 1994. She was the spokesperson for the Coalition for Parental Rights and Family Integrity. She wrote a political column in a local newspaper and hosted talk radio shows in the Baltimore and Harford County regions.
Senator Jacobs is in her 17th year in the legislature representing Harford and Cecil Counties. Senator Jacobs is known for her outspoken advocacy for tougher sexual predators laws. In fact she was the lead sponsor of Jessica’s Law, which required mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders. To learn more about Senator Jacobs, please visit

Sen. Jacobs said: “I am honored to be elected by my colleagues as Minority Leader. Sen. Alan Kittleman did a wonderful job as Minority Leader and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve with him in leadership. Marylanders are upset with the economic mismanagement of the state; tax hikes, energy prices, and reckless spending. Minority Whip, Sen EJ Pipkin and I will continue to advocate for prudent fiscal policy and the issues that matter to all Marylanders.”

The Jacobs reside in the Edgewood/Abingdon area of Harford County. Nancy and her husband Bruce have three grown daughters. Beth and her husband Chad live in Abingdon with their three children, Gabe, Camryn and Jake. Becky and her husband Ray reside in Delaware with their two daughters, Abby and Emilyn. They are expecting their first son in August of 2011. And Laura and her husband Jeremy live in Abingdon with their three year old daughter, Annabelle Grace. Senator Jacobs home schooled her daughter Laura for a number of years before entering politics.

Senator Jacobs’ mother and father lived with Jacobs for many years before passing away. Bruce’s father also lived with them as well until his death.


Biography of Nancy Jacobs from the Maryland State Archives


Member of Senate since January 13, 1999. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2001-; Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2007-; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2011-; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2011-. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (formerly Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee), 1999-2001 (environment subcommittee, 1999-2001; licensing & regulatory affairs subcommittee, 1999-2001); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2011. Minority Whip, 2008-10. Minority Leader, 2011. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2011; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2011; Spending Affordability Committee, 2011; Senate Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting, 2011-12. Senate Chair, Harford County Delegation, 1999-2008. Senate Chair, Cecil County Delegation, 2003-. Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-. Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1995-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (law & criminal justice committee, 2005-).

Member, Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1999-2003; Bainbridge Development Advisory Board, 1999-; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 1999-; Task Force on the Environmental Effects of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE), 2000-01; State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2000-; Task Force to Study the Mentoring and Monitoring of Children in the Custody of or under the Supervision of the Department of Juvenile Services, 2003-04; Upper Shore Regional Council, 2003-; Task Force on Parking for Individuals with Disabilities, 2004; Task Force on Missing Vulnerable Adults, 2004-05. Member, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Action Plan Committee, Cecil County, 2005-07; Cecil/Harford Bridges Work Group, 2006; Lead Poisoning Prevention Study Group, 2011.

Member, House of Delegates, 1995-99, representing District 34 (Harford County). Minority Deputy Whip, 1997-99. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1995-99 (criminal justice subcommittee).

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, October 27, 1951. Attended Bridgeport High School; West Virginia University, B.S. (journalism & speech), 1973. Former small business owner, realtor, teacher, political columnist, and radio talk-show host. Continuity director, WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Virginia, 1973. Owner and operator, West Shore Indoor Tennis Club, Edgewood, Maryland, 1976-84. Communications coordinator for Maryland, Concerned Women for America, 1985-90 (Maryland representative, 1990-94). Realtor, 1987-91. Member, Chesapeake Professional Women’s Network. Chair, Legislative Committee of Countywide Action Team to Fight Underage Drug Use (Harford County), 1996-. Member, Second District Republican Club; Harford County Republican Women’s Club; Maryland Federation of Republican Women. Spokesperson, Coalition for Parental Rights and Family Integrity. Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1998, 2009. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008. Married; three daughters; six grandchildren.

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