Class of 2011
Major/Minor: History, Political Science
Michael Mason ’11 may well be on his way to becoming Maryland’s next senator.
In the summer of 2010, Michael interned for the Maryland General Assembly, the state government system for Maryland comprised of the Senate and House of Delegates. He worked for the Senate under Barry Glassman, a 1984 graduate of Washington College who represents District 35, Harford County. As a legislative intern, Michael met with lobbyists, handled casework, and even drafted a piece of legislation. Michael worked three days a week in Annapolis on animal abuse cases, health care files, tax issues, independent issues and constituency issues.
Politics run in Michael’s family. His grandfather, a Cecil County Commissioner, encouraged Michael’s interest in public service. Michael chose Washington College for its political science department, where he has benefited from the guidance of his thesis advisor, Melissa Deckman. Professors Joseph Prud’homme and Christine Wade have also played important roles as teachers and mentors, encouraging him to get involved at every opportunity.
In his freshman year, the political science major began working for Maryland Congressman Wayne Gilchrest’s reelection campaign. The highlight of this experience, he says, was the “Around the Bay in a Day” tour, when they visited every county in the First District to get in touch with the community.
As Class President, Michael has helped to organize class fundraisers, culminating with the Senior Class Gift to The Washington Fund. With a 50% participation rate, the Class of 2011 presented a check for $3500 to President Mitchell Reiss after the Senior Luncheon in May.
Michael received an internship at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience to assist with public outreach, and he secured a research grant from the Center to work in Washington, where he explored the implications of financing elections and political campaigns.
Michael, who works for a lobbying firm in DC, hopes to run for local office by the time he reaches 30. The man clearly has his eyes on the future—”Senator Mason” has a nice ring to it.
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Hometown and high school? Mount Airy, MD/South Carroll HS