Ellen Sauerbrey’s indomitable spirit, tenacity, and unwavering commitment to her values have changed the lives of people around the world; but her deep-seated roots are all Maryland. Born in Baltimore, the summa cum laude graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) spent some time as a biology teacher before entering politics in the 1970s. During her legislative years, Sauerbrey was a strong advocate of controlling size and cost of state government while encouraging economic growth and job creation.
Ellen Sauerbrey’s public service highlights include:
- Maryland House of Delegates,
- 16-year Member, first female House Minority Leader
- Appropriations Committee (Economic Matters and Appropriations), Member
- The American Legislative Exchange Council, National Chair
- United Nations (UN)
- Commission on Human Rights, Delegate
- Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council
- President George H. W. Bush Administration
- Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Sauerbrey’s main trinity of influence includes the State of Maryland, business, and women. As a post-Depression era baby, she has always understood how a healthy economy directly impacts the lives of every citizen. Sauerbrey has also championed women’s rights around the world, spearheading international initiatives to make women full participants in the governments of their native countries. She has also been active in dozens of advocacy groups, including:
- Maryland Business for Responsive Government, Chair
- Council on Economic Education in Maryland
- American Alliance for Better Schools, Director
- Franklin Square Hospital, Trustee
- Maryland Federation of Republican Women, Vice President
- Better Business Bureau, Director
- United Citizens for Maryland’s Future, Honorary Chair
- Baltimore County Federation of Republican Women, President
- Maryland Society for Multiple Sclerosis, Secretary
- Disabled American Veterans, Legislative Advisory Committee
- National Conference of State Legislatures
In 2013, Sauerbrey was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She has also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Asian American Business Association, and the Women of Distinction Award from the Women’s Federation for World Peace.
The complete collection of Ellen’s awards, positions, and recognitions is, of course, too long to list on one page. Suffice it to say that Maryland, United States, and indeed the World would be economically and spiritually poorer, were it not for her many selfless contributions.
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