Notable Republican Officials

Larry Hogan



Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. was sworn in as the 62nd governor of the State of Maryland on January 21, 2015. In 2018, he was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second four-year term, receiving the most votes of any Maryland gubernatorial candidate and becoming only the second Republican governor to be re-elected in the 242 year history of the state.

In his first inaugural address, Governor Hogan reminded citizens of Maryland’s history as a state of middle temperament and pledged to advance the best ideas, regardless of which side of the political aisle they come from. He is recognized nationally as a strong, independent leader who consistently delivers real results and achieves common sense, bipartisan solutions.

Prior to his election in 2014, Governor Hogan – who had never before held elective office – spent more than 25 years building and running small businesses in the private sector. In 2011, he founded Change Maryland, the largest nonpartisan grassroots organization in state history, which is dedicated to bringing fiscal responsibility and common sense to state government

Governor Hogan is married to Yumi Hogan, a first generation Korean-American, artist and teacher. She is the first Asian first lady in Maryland history and the first Korean-American first lady in United States history. They have three daughters: Julie, Jaymi, and Kim; four grandchildren; and two shih tzu dogs, Anna and Chessie.



Lt. Governor

Boyd Rutherford is the ninth lieutenant governor of the State of Maryland. He was elected to office with Governor Larry Hogan in 2014, and re-elected in 2018. He is the first Republican lieutenant governor to ever be re-elected in Maryland.

An accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors, Rutherford has served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services. In addition to his public service, he has extensive legal and business experience, including service in business and government law, information technology sales, and small and minority business development.

As lieutenant governor, Rutherford has been a strong partner with Governor Hogan, leading the administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, reform burdensome regulations on job creators, and break the cycle of poverty between family generations.

Lt. Governor Rutherford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Howard University. Additionally, he has a Master’s Degree in Communications Management and a law degree, both from the University of Southern California. A native of Washington, D.C., Rutherford currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Monica. They have three adult children.


Former Howard County Executive

Allan H. Kittleman was the ninth county executive for Howard County from 2014 to 2018. Kittleman previously served as a Maryland State Senator from 2004 to 2014, representing the 9th district covering Howard and Carroll Counties, and was Senate Minority Leader from 2008 to 2011. He also previously served on the Howard County Council from 1998 to 2004. He is the son of ​the late state senator Robert H. Kittleman​ and stepson to Delegate Trent Kittleman.​


Reid Novotny is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates as a delegate for District 9A, which prior to 2022 redistricting includes parts of Howard and Carroll counties. Delegate Novotny completed his Bachelors in computer science from George Washington University and his Masters in computer security from George Mason University. He also served in the U.S. Air Force and the Maryland Air National Guard where he achieved the rank of colonel. Reid currently works as a cyberwarfare officer with the U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.


Trent Kittleman
​Since 2014, ​Trent Kittleman has ​represented District 9A in the Maryland House of Delegates​.​ She is the wife of ​​the late state senator Robert H. Kittleman and the stepmother of Allan Kittleman, former state senator and Howard County executive. She holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, a Masters from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Delegate Kittleman’s experience in politics spans nearly five decades with her first election as the president of the Howard County Republican Women’s Club in 1973 followed by successful campaigns for state delegate in 2014 and 2018.