Maryland Senatorial 5
Michael S. Steele (1958- ) was born at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, attended school in Washington, D.C., and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Active for some years in the Prince George's County, Maryland Republican Party, Steele went on to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party State Central Committee from 2000 to 2002, and was also on the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee during that same time-period.
Michael Steele became the first black elected to state-wide office in Maryland, in November 2002, when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, along with Robert L. Ehrlich as Governor. At that time Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele was the highest ranking black Republican in the country. Steele served as Lieutenant Governor from 2003 to 2007. He did not join Ehrlich in his 2006 re-election bid, but instead unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006. That election was won by Benjamin Cardin.
In January 2009 Michael Steele was chosen as the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Republican National Committee and served in that capacity until 2011.
Among the Michael Steele buttons presented here is one from the June 17, 2005 Lincoln Day Dinner where the "Man of Steele" was honored by the Republican Party of Harford County, Maryland.
Kweisi Mfume (1948- ), a Democrat, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He served as a member of the Baltimore City Council from 1979 until 1986, whereupon he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving in that body from 1987 through 1996. Kweisi Mfume served as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1996 to 2004. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Maryland Democratic Party's 2006 Senatorial nomination which was won by Benjamin Cardin.
Benjamin Louis Cardin (1943- ), a Democrat, was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Cardin served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1966 to 1986, and as its Speaker from 1979 through 1986. It was in 1986 that he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 1987 to 2007. Ben Cardin was elected to the U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2006. Cardin was re-elected to a second six-year term of office on November 6, 2012. One of the buttons presented here shows Cardin along with Martin O'Malley who was also elected in 2006 as Governor of Maryland. As noted on another button, it was suggested that Cardin's election to the Senate on November 7, 2006 would be considered "A Day That Will Live In History".
David E. Shaw, a Democrat, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate from Maryland in 1974, 1976 and 1980. In September 1974, with only 3.02% (9,793 votes) of the vote, he would lose to Barbara A. Mikulski who would go on to lose to the Republican, Charles "Mac" Mathias, Jr., in the November 1974 general election. In 1976, and with only 2.32% (12,729 votes) of the vote he would lose to Paul Sarbanes, who would then go onto defeat the incumbent, Senator John Glenn Beall, Jr., in the November 1976 general election. In 1980, and with 3.08% (10,869 votes) of the vote Shaw would again lose the Democratic nomination to Edward T. Conroy, who would then go on to lose to the Republican, Mathias, in the November 1980 general election.
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