Anne Kaiser

Anne R. Kaiser (born February 10, 1968) is an American politician from the state of Maryland who serves as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates, where she represents the 14th district, which includes parts of Silver Spring, Calverton, Colesville, Cloverly, Fairland, Burtonsville, Spencerville, Olney, Brookeville, Ashton, Sandy Spring, Brinklow, Laytonsville, Sunshine, Goshen, and Damascus in Montgomery County.

Anne R. Kaiser
Anne R. Kaiser (2007-04-24).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 14th district
Assumed office
January 2003
Personal details
Born (1968-02-10) February 10, 1968 (age 52)
Washington, DC
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nancy C. Lineman
ResidenceSilver Spring, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
University of Michigan


Kaiser was born in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 1968, and grew up in Rockville, Maryland. She graduated from Rockville High School and then attended the University of Chicago, graduating with a B.A. in political science in 1990. She received two master's degrees from the University of Michigan in 1995, a master's in public policy and a master's in educational studies.[1][2]

Career and community involvementEdit

Between college and graduate school, Kaiser worked for Congressman Neal Smith (D-Iowa) as well as for Maryland Delegate Hank Heller. During that time, Kaiser became active in Montgomery County Democratic politics, was a member of the Giant Food Consumer Advisory Board, and coached youth basketball.[1][3]

After completing graduate school, Kaiser worked as an economist at the IRS from December 1995 until April 2002. During that time she was a member of the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee, the Rockville Branch of the American Association of University Women (serving as membership VP and secretary), and continued coaching youth basketball. She served in leadership positions as chair of the Mid-County Citizens' Advisory Board and co-coordinator of the Montgomery County Women's Fair. In 1998, she was elected to a 4-year term on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee.[1][2]

Kaiser is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park teaching a course on women in politics and an adjunct professor at Montgomery College teaching an Introduction to Political Science course. In 2016, she was a facilitator/teacher for the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program.[2][4]

Anne is a lifetime member of Tikvat Israel (formerly Beth Tikva) Congregation in Rockville.[1]

House of DelegatesEdit

Kaiser was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2002, and was reelected in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. Kaiser was appointed as chair of the Ways and Means Committee in January 2017.[1][5]

She also serves on the House Rules Committee as well as on two joint committees, including the Legislative Policy Committee and the Spending Affordability Committee.[1]

Kaiser previously served as majority leader for two years and was vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Her previous service also includes time as the elected chair of the 24 member Montgomery County House Delegation, the largest in the state of Maryland.[1]

During the 2004 legislative session, Kaiser testified on behalf of H.B. 1284: Medical Decision-Making Act and in her testimony announced that she is a lesbian. In making this announcement, she joined openly gay Maryland legislators Delegate Maggie L. McIntosh and then-Delegate Rich Madaleno (later a senator and now a county's budget director).[6]

In 2004, she was elected as a Kerry delegate to the Democratic National Convention.[1] In 2020, Anne was elated to be selected as a Biden delegate to the Democratic National Convention.


On February 23, 2013, Kaiser became engaged to her long-time partner, Nancy C. Lineman. On November 2, 2013, they got married and now live in the Calverton neighborhood of Silver Spring. They are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Allison Joan "AJ" Lineman in May of 2019.[3][7]


Kaiser has been recognized with several awards:

  • Out for Equality award, Equality Maryland
  • Nominated for the Young Woman of Achievement Award, Women's Information Network (2003)
  • One of MD's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record (2006)
  • Legislator of the Year, MD Nurses Association (2007)
  • Advocacy in Action Award, MD Association of Youth Services Bureaus (2008)
  • Legislator of the Year, MC Region of the MD Association of Student Councils (2011)
  • Olney Theatre, Public Service Award
  • Legislator of the Year, MD School Counselors Association (2015)
  • Six certificates of appreciation, MD Municipal League (2006, 2007, 2017-2020)

Election resultsEdit

  • 2018 Race for the Maryland House of Delegates – 14th District[8]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Anne Kaiser, Democratic 37,733   24.5%    Won
Pamela Queen, Democratic 35,991   23.4%    Won
Eric Luedtke, Democratic 35,104   22.8%    Won
Patricia Fenati, Republican 15,895   10.3%    Lost
Kevin Dorrance, Republican 14,546   9.5%    Lost
Michael Ostroff, Republican 14,347   9.3%    Lost

  • 2014 Race for the Maryland House of Delegates – 14th District[9]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Anne Kaiser, Democratic 21,988   20.2%    Won
Craig Zucker, Democratic 20,917   19.3%    Won
Eric Luedtke, Democratic 20,012   18.4%    Won
Patricia Fenati, Republican 15,392   14.2%    Lost
Sharon Begosh, Republican 15.096   13.9%    Lost
Michael Ostroff, Republican 15,086   13.9%    Lost
  • 2010 Race for the Maryland House of Delegates – 14th District[10]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Anne Kaiser, Democratic 23,503   21.5%    Won
Craig Zucker, Democratic 22,148   20.2%    Won
Eric Luedtke, Democratic 21,165   19.3%    Won
Patricia Fenati, Republican 14,866   13.6%    Lost
Henry Kahwaty, Republican 14,152   12.9%    Lost
Maria Peña-Faustino, Republican 13,639   12.5%    Lost
  • 2006 Race for the Maryland House of Delegates – 14th District[11]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Anne Kaiser, Democratic 24,500   21.8%    Won
Karen S. Montgomery, Democratic 24,478   21.8%    Won
Herman L. Taylor, Jr., Democratic 24,273   21.6%    Won
John McKinnis, Republican 13,471   12.0%    Lost
John Austin, Republican 12,963   11.5%    Lost
Jim Goldberg, Republican 12,603   11.2%    Lost
other write-ins 61   0.1%    Lost

Legislative notesEdit

  • voted for the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[1]
  • voted against slots in 2005 (HB1361)[2]
  • voted in favor of increasing the sales tax whilst simultaneously reducing income tax rates for some income brackets – Tax Reform Act of 2007(HB2)[3]
  • voted in favor of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in 2007


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Anne R. Kaiser, Maryland State Delegate". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Broadway, Donna (December 17, 2014). "State delegate talks new leadership position". Montgomery County Sentinel.
  3. ^ a b Spivack, Miranda (February 22, 2016). "Anne Kaiser: A Woman in the Boys' Club". Bethesda Magazine.
  4. ^ "Anne Kaiser". UMD School of Public Policy. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  5. ^ Wiggins, Ovetta (January 17, 2017). "Maryland Del. Hixson relinquishes longtime role as Ways and Means chair". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Cumber, Clifford G. (March 5, 2004). "Delegate testifies she's gay: Anne Kaiser 'outs' herself supporting partner rights bill". Frederick News-Post.
  7. ^ "@DelegateKaiser". Twitter. May 22, 2019. Welcome to the world Allison Joan "AJ" Lineman. Being your mom is the world greatest gift. #NancyIsMyHero
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  11. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved on July. 21, 2007

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