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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (b. March 17, 1970) is the former mayor of BaltimoreMaryland. She succeeded former mayor Sheila Dixon on February 4, 2010, when the latter resigned as part of a plea deal amidst corruption charges.[1] At the time, Rawlings-Blake was the president of the Baltimore City Council, a position she had held since 2007. Based on Article IV, Sec. 2 of the Baltimore City Charter, the president of city council is first in the line of succession for mayor.[2]

Rawlings-Blake was formally elected to a full term in November 2011. Her first full term, however, was approximately a year longer than a typical mayoral term, ending in 2016 instead of 2015. In 2012, the city of Baltimore chose to move its municipal elections from odd years to even years in order to align them with statewide and federal elections. Proponents of the change argued that this would increase voter turnout. She did not run for re-election in 2016.[3]

Before becoming mayor, Rawlings-Blake was a member of the Baltimore City Council from 1995-2010, representing District 6 from 2004-2007 and District 5 from 1995-2004. She served as council president from 2007-2010. When Rawlings-Blake was first elected in 1995, she was twenty-five years old, which made her the youngest person ever elected to the Baltimore City Council.[4]