Craig J. Zucker is a Democratic state senator from Maryland’s 14th District, which contains more than 126,000 residents. He was appointed to the Maryland State Senate on February 4th, 2016, to fill a vacancy that was created. Craig serves on the influential Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. Craig the was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010. While in the House, he served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and served as chairman of the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, as well as serving on the Capital Budget Subcommittee, the Oversight Committee on Pensions, the Oversight Committee on Personnel, the Spending Affordability Committee and the Joint Committee on Pensions. He also served as the House Chairman for the Joint Audit Committee.
As a member of House Appropriations leadership, Craig helped review a $40 billion budget and protected funding for the priorities of many Marylanders, including services for the developmentally disabled, health care coverage for low income pregnant women, and substance abuse counseling.
As Chair of the Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Craig understood the importance of making sure the most vulnerable Marylanders had the resources they need to be successful. That is why he was proud to sponsor HB 1105 – The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which is now law. ABLE, when fully enacted, will allow for special savings accounts to be set up for individuals with disabilities and their families. These accounts will help fund qualified expenses for individuals with disabilities, including medical care, education, housing, and assistive technology. This legislation begins the ABLE process in Maryland and will help to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the resources they need to be successful.
Over his two terms in office, Craig has sponsored several other successful pieces of legislation, including legislation that protected minors from identity theft, helped homeowners facing foreclosure, and took the first steps towards upgrading Maryland’s 911 system. Additionally, he sponsored legislation that will allow reimbursement forms for out-of-pocket expenses to be submitted to health insurance companies electronically.
This bill will help reduce costs and turnaround time for these expenses, and is especially helpful to those with developmental disabilities. He also sponsored a bill that will help ensure the state is taking the best possible care of foster children, and one that will help boost business for local restaurants in the Town of Laytonsville.
Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Craig spent more than fifteen years as a dedicated public servant. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Maryland State Comptroller, where he worked directly with Maryland’s legislators, executive branch, and community and business leaders across the state. Before that, he was
Director of Maryland Home Care for an association, helping to improve the lives of the more than 5,000 underpaid home healthcare workers throughout Maryland by securing their first wage increase in nearly two decades.
Craig earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College and his Masters Degree in Government from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Brookeville, Maryland with his wife Jenny, their two sons, and their dog Sophie.
Boards & Commissions:
- Board of Directors, Manna Food Center
- Member, Joint Task Force on Workplace Fraud, Maryland State Government
- Past Member of the Board of Directors, Carl M. Freeman Foundation
- The Freeman Foundation distributed over $1,000,000 each year to deserving nonprofit organizations primarily in Montgomery County
- Past Vice-Chair, Mid-County Recreation Advisory Board
- Past Member of the Board of Governors, The Chelsea School
- The Chelsea School serves students with learning disabilities
- Past Board Member, Project Change (Olney, MD)
Membership & Affiliations:
- Olney Theatre Center
- Tanterra Homeowners Association
- Member, Montgomery County NAACP
- Member, NARAL
- Associate Member, Greater Colesville Civic Association
- Past Member, Fair Oaks Homeowners Association
Political Affiliations over the past 11 years:
- Committee Member, Montgomery County Democratic Party (Democratic Central Committee)
- Executive Board, District 14 Democratic Club
- Precinct Official
- Chair, Legislative District 14 Democratic Slate
- President, Montgomery County Young Democrats
Awards and Honors:
- St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame, 2011
- Legislative Achievement of the Year, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, 2012
- Public Service Award, Olney Theatre Center, 2014
- Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award, The Arc of Maryland, 2015
- Advocate of the Year, PACT: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Fighting for Families with Developmental Disabilities, 2015
- The Legislative Award, The Maryland State Medical Society, “For tireless efforts protecting and improving Medicaid on behalf of the patients and physicians of Maryland”, 2015
- Legislative Champion, Maryland Association of Community Services, “Making A Difference In The Lives Of Marylanders With Developmental Disabilities”, 2015