Luke Clippinger
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Luke Clippinger
Luke Clippinger
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Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 46th district

January 12, 2011
Carolyn J. Krysiak
Personal details
Born (1972-09-24) September 24, 1972 (age 45)
Political party Democratic
Residence Baltimore

Luke Clippinger (born September 24, 1972) is an American politician and lawyer from Maryland. A Democrat, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, representing the state's 46th district in Baltimore. He took office on January 12, 2011.

Early life and career

Born in Baltimore on September 24, 1972, Clippinger was raised in Reservoir Hill and attended Baltimore City Public Schools, namely Roland Park Elementary-Middle School and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.[1] Clippinger graduated in 1994 from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with a major in politics; at Earlham, he ran the campus radio station.[2] He involved himself in local politics, running the reelection campaign of Congressman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Indiana) and subsequently spending seven years serving as district director for Congressman Baron Hill (D-Indiana).[3]

Clippinger later attended the University of Louisville School of Law in Kentucky. After law school, he returned to Baltimore to work as an Assistant State's Attorney in Anne Arundel County.

Political career

2010 primary election

Clippinger mounted a bid for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, running in the three-member 46th district (south and southeast Baltimore). Incumbent Carolyn J. Krysiak had decided against seeking reelection, creating an open seat in the 46th.

Six Democrats filed for delegate and Clippinger was invited onto the ticket of incumbent Sen. George Della and incumbent Dels. Peter A. Hammen and Brian K. McHale. In the Democratic primary election held on September 14, Clippinger placed third, surpassed only by the two incumbents seeking reelection. He finished 642 votes ahead of the fourth-placed finisher and thus won the Democratic nomination, proceeding to the general election.[4]

Name Votes Percent Outcome
Peter A. Hammen (incumbent) 5,632   26.0%    Won
Brian K. McHale (incumbent) 4,128   19.0%    Won
Luke Clippinger 4,052   18.7%    Won
Bill Romani 3,410   15.7%    Lost
Jason Filippou 2,503   11.5%    Lost
Melissa A. Techentin 1,962   9.0%    Lost

2010 general election

In the general election, the three Democratic nominees faced only token opposition in a district that's overwhelmingly Democratic. They won easily.[5]

Name Votes Percent Outcome
Peter A. Hammen, Democratic 15,367   29.6%    Won
Brian K. McHale, Democratic 14,871   28.6%    Won
Luke Clippinger, Democratic 14,159   27.3%    Won
Roger Bedingfield, Republican 7,338   14.1%    Lost

In the legislature

Clippinger is assigned to the House Economic Matters Committee, and also serves as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. During the 2013 session he co-sponsored HB 860 (Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013). Signed by the Governor on May 16, 2013, the new law approved 1.1 billion dollars to construct new schools in Baltimore City.[6]


Clippinger is openly gay.[7] He is one of eight openly LGBT members of the Maryland General Assembly, alongside Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Kensington) and Dels. Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore), Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore), Anne Kaiser (D-Burtonsville), Heather Mizeur (D-Takoma Park), Peter Murphy (D-Bryans Road) and Bonnie Cullison (D-Silver Spring).

He is an Elder at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue. He has been a member since 1986.[1]


External links

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