From the office of State Senator Nancy Jacobs:
ANNAPOLIS -Today, Senator Nancy Jacobs, R-Cecil and Harford County released the following statement:
“After nearly a year of thoughtful consideration, prayer and discussion with my family, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to my State Senate seat in 2014. This has been very personal and extremely difficult decision to make because I love representing the people of Cecil and Harford County.
I am humbled by and grateful for the extraordinary trust that the citizens in Cecil and Harford County have placed in me and for the honor and privilege of representing them for nearly 20 years in the Maryland General Assembly.”
Senator Jacobs started her career in public service in 1994 when she was elected to the House of Delegates and served as the Freshman Minority Whip in 1995 and the Deputy Minority Whip in 1997.
In 1998 the citizens of District 34 elected Jacobs to the Maryland State Senate where she served in various leadership capacities. In 2008 she was chosen by her peers to lead the Republican Caucus as the Minority Whip and in 2011 she was elected Senate Minority Leader. In these various leadership positions she was recognized as a leader among leaders.
Senator Jacobs is best known for her outspoken advocacy on behalf of children. In 2007 she sponsored “Jessica’s Law” requiring that the most heinous sex crimes against children be punishable with a 25 year mandatory minimum sentence. She has passed numerous laws since then in her effort to protect both vulnerable children and adults.
“I entered the political arena before our three daughters were married. Having eight precious grandchildren has strengthened my resolve and desire to protect children from those who mean to do them harm. My grandchildren are a major part of who I am and everything I do.”
Senator Jacobs passed the first gang law in Maryland after a constituent from the community where she once lived was murdered as part of a gang initiation. She has been at the forefront of tackling gang-related issues.
In 2010 Senator Jacobs introduced legislation which for the first time would regulate health and safety standards in abortion clinics in Maryland. This came about after a doctor, who was not licensed to practice medicine in Maryland, nearly killed a woman in his Cecil County abortion clinic. Over 30 late-term aborted fetuses were discovered in the clinic’s freezer. After hours of compelling testimony, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene agreed to regulate these abortion clinics. Abortion clinics must now adhere to the same medical and safety standards as other surgical clinics in Maryland.
After several years of working with various state agencies Jacobs passed the “Birthmatch” law. This requires state agencies to work together with hospitals to create a database matching newborn records with both birth mothers and fathers who have previously lost their parental rights.
Senator Jacobs currently serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Throughout her career she has received numerous awards not only for her advocacy of children but also for her tough stance on crime. She is known around the state for her strong support of our Second Amendment rights and has been an outspoken leader on this issue.
Jacobs has twice been named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record and in 2011 the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association named her “2011 Senatorial Legislator of The Year.”
In talking about her family Senator Jacobs stated, “My husband Bruce has been extremely supportive and has encouraged me throughout my years in public service. I am very thankful for him and the sacrifice he has made these past 19 years.” Jacobs went on to say, “While I love representing the people of Cecil and Harford County, it is time for us to spend more time together as this chapter of our lives comes to a close.”
“I am truly grateful for the love and support of my family and friends who have helped me along the way. I am especially indebted to my staff whose loyalty, knowledge and compassion have made constituent service their priority in serving the people we have represented over the years.”
“In my last 18 months I will continue working tirelessly to represent the people of Harford and Cecil County. While my career in politics may be coming to a close I will never stop fighting to make a difference in the lives of those who mean so much to me.”
“I thank all those who have travelled this journey with me through their support and belief in me. May God bless them as much as He has blessed me.”