Senator Madaleno is Montgomery County’s budgetary wizard who translates the progressive priorities of our delegation every day into the dollars and cents of the state budget.
Since being elected to office, Rich has succeeded in passing vital legislation on economic, education, environmental and transportation issues. He is recognized as the “go-to expert” on budget issues.
There are very few people who understand the state’s budgets and its impact on real people as he does and there are even fewer who can make those budget issues make sense to ordinary people.
He is an expert in tax and budget matters and a pioneer in bringing marriage equality to Maryland, and he has been a force in keeping college affordable.
Madaleno has become a one-man truth squad. No one in the legislature has so consistently questioned the governor’s policies and the arguments behind them – especially on fiscal matters.
Montgomery County Democrat Richard S. Madaleno Jr., is known primarily as the Senate’s fiscal expert, a respected lawmaker with a mastery of the budget, a winning personality.
Senator Rich Madaleno is the Democrat best positioned to defeat Republican incumbent Larry Hogan and win the 2018 Maryland gubernatorial election.
Since his election in 2002, Rich has passed vital economic, education, environmental, and transportation legislation, and is recognized as the “go-to expert” on budget issues.
The first openly gay person elected to the Maryland House and Senate, Madaleno has been at the forefront of every LGBT policy victory in Maryland for twenty years.
Rich is a vocal critic of Governor Hogan’s continued attempts to finance tax cuts by cutting critical state programs on which Maryland families depend.
“He helped lead the push to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland and sponsored legislation this year that makes Maryland the first state to guarantee Planned Parenthood will not lose funding in the state if Congress cuts off federal money for the organization.” | Washington, Post
“Organizing teaches as nothing else does the beauty and strength of everyday people. Through the songs of the church and the talks on the stoops, through the hundreds of individual stories of coming up from the South and finding any job that would pay, of raising families on threadbare budgets, of losing some children to drugs and watching others earn degrees and land jobs their parents could never aspire to – it is through these stories and songs of dashed hopes and powers of endurance, of ugliness and strife, subtlety and laughter, that organizers can shape a sense of community not only for others, but for themselves.” — Barack Obama
“[Rich] is considered by many as an expert on the state’s budget and fiscal policy and has been recognized as one of the most effective legislators in a poll of veteran Annapolis watchers. He has sponsored legislation on education, transportation, the environment, fiscal policy, government transparency, civil rights, and disability services.” | Metrolatin USA
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“Senator Rich Madaleno is one of the most influential leaders in the Maryland General Assembly. In 2002 he was the first openly gay candidate elected to the Maryland House of Delegates. In 2006 he became the first openly gay candidate elected to the Maryland State Senate. Since being elected to office, Rich has succeeded in passing vital legislation on economic, education, environmental and transportation issues. He is recognized as the “go-to expert” on budget issues.” | The Victory Fund