John Olszewski, Jr. is currently serving his second full term as a member of the House of Delegates. John was also elected to serve as Chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation – the youngest person ever elected to that position.
In addition to his responsibilities leading the 21-member House Delegation, John serves on the House Economic Matters Committee, Maryland's P-20 Leadership Council, the Maryland Advisory Commission for Manufacturing Competitiveness, and as a co-chair of the Maryland Youth Advisory Council.
John and his wife, Marisa, remain active in their community and district, serving as block captains for the St. Helena Neighborhood Association and as a members of and volunteers for various organizations, including the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and the Back River Restoration Committee. The Olszewskis have been married for 7 years and are members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. They live in Dundalk with their dog, Indy.
Born and raised in Greater Dundalk, John attended the Baltimore County Public Schools system, matriculating through Battle Grove Elementary School, Sparrows Point Middle School, and graduated from Sparrows Point High School (SPHS). In addition to being captain of the basketball team and serving as editor of the SPHS newspaper, The Pointer, John was hand-picked during his senior year to serve on the Baltimore County Board of Education as its student member. In that capacity, he helped to develop a multi-million dollar budget, select a new school superintendent, and pass new school policies.
He attended Goucher College (BA, Political Science and American Studies, Phi Beta Kappa) where he and his wife met. They continued dating while he attended The George Washington University (MA Political Management, Concentration in Leadership) and married shortly after his graduation. John began teaching at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in 2006, a year prior to his first election.
After 7 years service as a classroom teacher (Social Studies and Special Education) and later a resource teacher (Parent Support Services), John enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2011. Currently, and in addition to studying at UMBC, Olszewski serves as a graduate research assistant with the university where he collaborates on research regarding local governments.
John has spent time as an adjunct lecturer at Goucher College, and has lectured internationally with “The Governance Program” through The George Washington University. He is a 2010 graduate of “Leadership Baltimore County” and was recognized as one of the Daily Record’s “Top 20 in their 20’s” in 2012.
His listing of prior legislative assignments are equally impressive, and include service on the House Ways and Means Committee (and its Education, Revenues, and Election Law Subcommittees), the Task Force to Study Raising the Compulsory Age of Education to 18, the Task Force on Job Creation in Baltimore County, and a member of the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education. Olszewski was also a member of the 2009 State Plan for Postsecondary Education Work Group and an ex-officio member of the Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Baltimore County Board of Education. John was also an elected member of the Democratic State Central Committee from 2002 – 2006 and a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
Today, John is proud to be serving as an energetic, enthusiastic, and effective leader who listens to the concerns of the community and takes action that generates results.
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