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Maryland State Senator Paul Pinksy - Policy Dialogues Ep.23



The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board's video and podcast series called Policy Dialogues discusses current events through a policy lens.


Episode 23 interviews Maryland State Senator Paul Pinksy representing District 22. The talk is hosted by Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11).


Senator Pinsky became a member of the Maryland Senate in 1994 after serving two terms in the House of Delegates. He serves as Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee where he is a champion of progressive causes, especially in relation to education, healthcare, and the environment.


Senator Pinsky has also led efforts to reform Maryland’s tax structure by closing corporate tax loopholes and creating a progressive tax structure as well as providing health care for all Maryland residents.


Previously, Senator Pinsky taught high school history for twenty years.


We discussed:

  • Senator Pinsky’s background and why he first wanted to run for elected office;

  • How his teaching experience influenced his policy and political interests;

  • Chairing the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs (EHEA) Committee;

  • The legislation he is most proud of supporting;

  • Why he opposes the Maglev Rail project;

  • The role of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and other state energy projects in reducing CO2 emissions; and

  • His thoughts on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) that include the Purple Line and the new PG County PPP to build schools.


The views expressed do not represent official positions of the school or alumni network.