Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Legislative Action

Kathleen has a significant record of leadership, advocacy, and accomplishment as a member of the Maryland General Assembly. Kathleen serves in the House of Delegates representing Montgomery County Legislative District 15.


From 2007 through 2010, Kathleen served in the leadership position of Parliamentarian of the House of Delegates. Soon after the November 2010 election, Kathleen was promoted to Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Kathleen regularly acts as the floor leader for the Judiciary Committee on a myriad of pieces of legislation. In this role, Kathleen is an articulate spokesperson in floor debates and in presenting arguments in committee. As Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Kathleen routinely influences state policy and law relating to the criminal justice system, public safety, civil actions and procedures; estates and trusts; and family and juvenile law. Kathleen is also an appointed member of the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board. With the Board, Kathleen provides leadership in implementing comprehensive criminal justice reform, reducing corrections spending, and reinvesting in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.

Please take a moment to review the pieces of legislation that Kathleen has worked on.

During four terms in the House of Delegates, Kathleen has sponsored more than 100 bills and successfully marshaled through significant legislation. Kathleen’s achievements have been recognized by groups as diverse as the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women and the Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. Kathleen is repeatedly endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Montgomery County Education Association, and the Washington Post. Learn more about the pieces of legislation that Kathleen is sponsoring and working on here.


Kathleen has worked successfully to support and to pass legislation on such priorities as:

  • Fostering significant investment in K-12 and higher education to improve access and maintain affordability.
  • Balancing the state budget while increasing funding for local governments and important county endeavors.
  • Increasing Maryland’s minimum wage on a phased-in basis.
  • Supporting investment in job creation and business innovation.
  • Combating opioid addiction and supporting other healthcare initiatives.
  • Providing operating funds to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority and developing a process for selecting projects under the Maryland Transportation Plan.

Kathleen’s strong legislative record is highlighted through her successes in improving family image2 (1)and juvenile law, consumer protections, law enforcement, and estate planning. Kathleen has sponsored, and achieved final passage on numerous measures including legislation to:

  • Clarify and enhance protections for law enforcement officers under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.
  • Expand the individuals who qualify for a Homestead Tax Credit.
  • Mandate criminal background and sex-offender registry checks for all legally licensed child care providers.
  • Enhance stalking statutes to broaden prohibitions on behavior that reasonably would be expected to cause serious emotional distress.
  • Criminalize sexual assault/rape by proxy and clarify that a rape victim is not required to physically resist in order to receive justice.
  • Strengthen penalties for committing a violent crime in a child’s presence and broaden the circumstances for eligibility to receive a final protective order.
  • Direct the Department of Juvenile Services to provide girls with programs reflecting their needs including diversion programs, community detention services and programs, and reentry services and programs.
  • Assure continued adequate revenue for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation Fund in order to provide grants for legal assistance to Maryland families.
  • Eliminate obsolete provisions of family law.