Craig Zucker is a Democratic state legislator from Maryland’s 14th District, which contains over 120,000 residents. He was sworn into a four-year term in the Maryland House of Delegates on January 12, 2011 and assigned to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he is Vice-Chair of the Public Safety and Administration Subcommittee, as well as serving on the Capital Budget Subcommittee, the Oversight Committee on Pensions, and the Joint Committee on Pensions. He also serves on the Land Use and Transportation Subcommittee in his county’s delegation.
During Craig’s first term in the legislature he sponsored and passed legislation that streamlined employee disciplinary procedures for more than 8,000 state employees. Working with other elected officials from his area, he secured than $500,000 in state grants for projects that created local jobs while helping to preserve important historical landmarks in his district. He has also sponsored and past legislation that protected minors from identity theft, helped homeowners facing foreclosure, and took the first steps towards upgrading Maryland’s 911 system. In addition, he played an important part in his role as a member of the House Appropriations Committee in passing Maryland’s $33 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2012.
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 the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). There he helped 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 has also worked for two U.S. Senators, as a county District Director to a Maryland member of U.S. House of Representatives, as a Legislative Director to a Maryland State Delegate and in the private sector for a trade association.
Craig’s community activities include many civic and political organizations such as the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, the Olney Theatre Center, the Board of Project Change (Olney) and the Board of Governors for the Chelsea School. Craig also served as Vice Chair of the Montgomery County Mid-County Recreation Advisory Board and as a member of the Carl M. Freeman F.A.C.E.S. Advisory Board. Currently, Craig serves on the Board of Directors for the Manna Food Center, which helps to feed the hungry in Montgomery County.
Craig was born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1975. He 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, his son Benjamin 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
Craig with his wife Jenny and son Ben
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