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Gail H. Bates

Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 9A district
In office
February 4, 2002 – present
Preceded by Robert Kittleman

Born December 24, 1945 (1945-12-24) (age 64)
Washington, DC
Political party Republican

Gail Bates was selected to replace Robert Kittleman in the Maryland House of Delegates in February 2002 when Kittleman was selected to replace Chris McCabe in the Maryland State Senate. [1]

In the 2002 election, Bates defeated Democrats Walter E. Carson and Tony McGuffin to maintain her seat.[2] in 2006, District 9A would be represented by two delegates. She won again along with fellow Republican Warren E. Miller, when they defeated Democrat David Leonard Osmundson.[3].



Bates graduated from the University of Maryland in 1968 with a B.S. in Education. She later took courses at UMBC.


Bates was a Mathematics and home economics teacher in Anne Arundel County from 1968-73. She then served as an office manager for H&R Block from 1976-80. In 1980, she held a position as a tax supervisor for Mark Buckley, C.P.A. In 1983 until 1984 she was a manager for the Records and Tax Department of the Maryland Farm Bureau. Since 1984, she has been a sole proprietor as a Certified Public Accountant. She served as an assistant to the Howard County Executive from 1991 - 1998 and was Chief of Staff for Delegate Donald E. Murphy in District 12A from 1999 until 2002.

Bates has been an active member of different organizations such as the Howard County Republican Club, the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, the Howard County Republican Central Committee, which she served as Treasurer from 1980 until 1984, the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Howard County Republican Women, serving as president since 2001.

As a member of the Maryland General Assembly, Bates serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, and the Special Joint Committee on Pensions.

She was a board member of the Howard County Chapter of the American Red Cross from 1996 until 1999. She has served with the Christian Jail Ministry since 1997 and the Howard County Farm Bureau since 1998. She has been the Treasurer of the Howard County Tourism Council since 2004. She is a member of the Therapeutic Horsemanship Association and received the Life Achievement Award from the Howard County Republican Central Committee in 1990.

As a conservative, Bates has spent much of her time working to amend the Maryland Constitution to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman.[4]


Legislative notes

  • voted against the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 (HB359)[1]
  • voted against the Healthy Air Act in 2006 (SB154)[2]

Election Results

  • 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9A[5]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gail Bates, Rep. 22,862   39.6%    Won
Warren E. Miller, Rep. 18,533   32.1%    Won
David Leonard Osmundson 16,162   28.0%    Lost
Other Write-In's 123   0.2%    Lost
  • 2002 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 9A[6]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Gail H. Bates, Rep. 20,783   33.0%    Won
Robert L. Flanagan, Rep. 21,263   33.8%    Won
Walter E. Carson 10,424   16.6%    Lost
Tony McGuffin 10,423   16.6%    Lost
Other Write-In's 33   0.1%    Lost

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