|Born:||October 10, 1961 (age 59)|
|Career:||Maryland House of Delegates, 2011-present|
|Education:||B.A., Towson University|
Kathy Szeliga was the 2016 Republican nominee for the United States Senate in Maryland to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. Szeliga was defeated by Democrat, Chris Van Hollen.
Szeliga was born October 10, 1961, in Baltimore, Maryland. She was raised in a military family, her father a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. After working a series of blue-collar jobs, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Towson University in 1994. She began working as a teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools and started a construction business with her husband.
Szeliga began her political career as a legislative aide to Del. James M. Kelly of the Maryland House of Delegates and then for Del. John G. Trueschler, eventually becoming chief of staff for then-State Senator Andy Harris. She has served as minority whip in the House since 2013. Szeliga is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Maryland's state legislature.