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Gail H. Bates
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Gail Bates
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 14, 2015 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byAllan Kittleman
Succeeded byKatie Fry Hester[1]
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 9A district
In office
February 4, 2002 – January 14, 2015
Preceded byRobert Kittleman
Succeeded byTrent Kittleman
Personal details
Born (1945-12-24) December 24, 1945 (age 73)
Washington, DC
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceWest Friendship, Maryland[2]

Gail Bates (born December 24, 1945) was a member of the Maryland Senate from 2015-2019.[3] She was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates selected to replace Robert Kittleman in the Maryland House of Delegates in February 2002 when Kittleman was selected to replace Chris McCabe in the Maryland State Senate.[4]

In a close election in 2018, Bates was defeated by Non-Profit Executive Katie Hester by 1.7 percentage points.[5] Bates was nominated to serve on the state Board of Education by Gov. Larry Hogan in February 2019.[6]


Bates graduated from the University of Maryland in 1968 with a B.S. in Education. She later took courses at UMBC.


Bates was a mathematics and home economics teacher in Anne Arundel County from 1968 to 1973. She then served as an office manager for H&R Block from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, she held a position as a tax supervisor for Mark Buckley, C.P.A. From 1983 to 1984 she was a manager for the Records and Tax Department of the Maryland Farm Bureau. Since 1984, she has been a sole proprietor as a Certified Public Accountant. She served as an assistant to the Howard County Executive from 1991 to 1998 and was Chief of Staff for Delegate Donald E. Murphy in District 12A from 1999 until 2002.

Bates has been an active member of different organizations such as the Howard County Republican Club, the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, the Howard County Republican Central Committee (serving as Treasurer from 1980 until 1984), the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and Howard County Republican Women, serving as president since 2001.

As a member of the Maryland General Assembly, Bates served on the Appropriations Committee, the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, and the Special Joint Committee on Pensions.

She was a board member of the Howard County Chapter of the American Red Cross from 1996 until 1999. She has served with the Christian Jail Ministry since 1997 and the Howard County Farm Bureau since 1998. She has been the Treasurer of the Howard County Tourism Council since 2004. She is a member of the Therapeutic Horsemanship Association and received the Life Achievement Award from the Howard County Republican Central Committee in 1990.

In 2007, Bates sponsored a bill that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the state of Maryland, barring same-sex marriage in the state. The bill was voted down in the Judiciary Committee.[7]

Legislative notes

  • voted against the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[1]
  • voted against the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[2]

Election results

In the 2002 election, Bates defeated Democrats Walter E. Carson and Tony McGuffin to maintain the seat she'd been appointed to.[8] In 2006, District 9A would be represented by two delegates. She won again along with fellow Republican Warren E. Miller, when they defeated Democrat David Leonard Osmundson.[9]

  • 2018 Race for Maryland State Senate - District 9[5]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Katie Hester 33,493   50.8%    Won
Gail Bates, Incumbent State Senator 32,347   49.1    Lost
  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9A[9]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gail Bates, Rep. 22,862   39.6%    Won
Warren E. Miller, Rep. 18,533   32.1%    Won
David Leonard Osmundson 16,162   28.0%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 123   0.2%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9A[8]
Voters to choose two:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gail H. Bates, Rep. 20,783   33.0%    Won
Robert L. Flanagan, Rep. 21,263   33.8%    Won
Walter E. Carson 10,424   16.6%    Lost
Tony McGuffin 10,423   16.6%    Lost
Other Write-Ins 33   0.1%    Lost

References and notes

  1. ^ Mann, Alex (December 3, 2018). "Carroll County's state Senate delegation assigned to same committee in General Assembly". Carroll County Times.
  2. ^ "Howard County General Assembly Members (". The Washington Post. 2005. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gail H. Bates, Maryland State Senator". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. January 9, 2019. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Ken (September 28, 2006). "Howard County Blog: Ellicott City and points west (LD9/Senate and 9A/House of Delegates)". Howard County Blog.
  5. ^ a b "Katie Hester". Ballotpedia. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Kurtz, Josh (February 15, 2019). "Hogan's Green Bag Appointments: Leggett to Board of Regents". Maryland Matters. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "House Bill 919". General Assembly of Maryland. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "2002 Gubernatorial Election". Maryland State Board of Elections. December 2, 2002. Retrieved September 22, 2007.
  9. ^ a b "Official 2006 Gubernatorial General Election results for House of Delegates". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved September 7, 2007.

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