Lucille Maurer

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Lucille Maurer
21st Treasurer of Maryland
In office
GovernorWilliam Donald Schaefer
Parris Glendening
Preceded byWilliam S. James
Succeeded byRichard N. Dixon
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Rockland County, New York
Silver Spring, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ely Maurer
EducationUniversity of North Carolina (BA)
Yale University (MA)

Lucille Maurer was the first woman Treasurer of Maryland.

Maurer graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and she worked as an economist at the U.S. Tariff Commission.[1] She obtained a Master of Arts in General Studies from Yale University and moved to Montgomery County, Maryland in 1950.[2]

In 1969, Maurer was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Maryland House of Delegates after serving two terms on the county school board.[2] She was re-elected to several terms, serving as a member of the Ways and Means Committee for sixteen years and chairing the Education Committee and the Tax and Trade Committee.[1] She was known for her work on educational issues, devising a formula to equalize public education funding by increasing state funds for poorer jurisdictions.[3]

Maurer ran for the State Senate in 1986 and lost.[3] In 1987, she was elected by the General Assembly to serve as the state treasurer, winning over Governor Schaefer's favored candidate.[2] She was the 21st elected treasurer of Maryland, and the first woman to serve in that role.[1]

As treasurer for nine years, Maurer implemented modern bookkeeping processes and was praised for her management of the state's stock portfolio.[2]

After being hospitalized with a brain tumor, Maurer resigned from her position in January 1996.[3] She died at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland on June 17, 1996.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Lucille Maurer". Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Maryland Women's Heritage Center. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Claudia Levy; Manuel Perez-Rivas (June 18, 1996). "Former Maryland Treasurer Lucille Maurer Dies at 73". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b c Sarris, Marina (January 4, 1996). "Illness prompts state treasurer to resign Lucille Maurer, 73, has been in public service since 1960s". The Baltimore Sun.
  4. ^ "Lucille Maurer, 73, Treasurer of Maryland". The New York Times. June 19, 1996.
Political offices
Preceded by
William S. James
Treasurer of Maryland
Succeeded by
Richard N. Dixon