“I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work.”
John “Johnny ” Olszewski, Jr. is a lifelong Baltimore County resident who believes in the power of public service and giving back to a community that has done so much for him. He is a graduate of Sparrows Point High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Goucher College, and a master’s degree from The George Washington University. John is on track to earn his PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
“I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century.”
In 2006, John was elected at age 23 and re-elected four years later as the top vote getter to the Maryland House of Delegates from legislative district 6, a position he held for nearly nine years. His work earned him a reputation as a “rising star” of Maryland politics – and breathed new life into the abandoned steel mill in his hometown. Today, the Port of Baltimore is thriving and Tradepoint Atlantic promises 10,000 news jobs in Baltimore County. In the legislature, John served as the Chairman of the Baltimore County House Delegation and was youngest person ever elected to that position. In that capacity, he helped lead unprecedented progress for the County in areas such as economic development and school board reform. As a stanch advocate of working families, John led the charge on earned sick leave, raising the minimum wage and offered a critical vote in securing Marriage Equality in the State of Maryland.
“For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.”
John lead Baltimore County’s House Delegation and he served on the House Economic Matters Committee, Maryland’s P-20 Leadership Council, the Maryland Business Climate Workgroup and as Chair of the Banking, Economic Development, Science, and Technology subcommittee.
“Top 20 in their 20’s” -Daily Record, 2012
John is a former student member of the Baltimore County Board of Education, 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.
He is an active philanthropic and economic development leader, and serves as a member of the Business Network for Offshore Wind board as well as President of the Board of the Community College of Baltimore County’s Dundalk Foundation. Johnny is currently working in the private sector at SAS Institute, where he partners with governments to help prevent fraud, enhance public safety, improve program performance and enable greater transparency.
John lives in Dundalk with his wife Marisa and their daughter Daria. The Olszewski family is active in their church as members of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and maintain strong ties as volunteers in their community and across Baltimore County.