State Senator, Maryland , District #17
James Senate Office Building, Room 223 11 Bladen St.
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
BioJennie Forehand is a legislator who has served 15 years in the Senate -- preceded by four terms in the House of Delegates -- combining compassion with pragmatism to represent the concerns of her constituents in Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Garrett Park in the State Legislature.
Jennie’s constituent service, institutional memory and willingness to stand her ground on tough issues have resulted in numerous awards recognizing her leadership and forward thinking.
With the depth and breadth of her experience, it is difficult to quickly summarize her expertise and accomplishments.
One key regional transportation roadway, the Inter-County Connector (ICC), has begun construction after years of delay, thanks in no small part to Jennie Forehand's unwavering advocacy in the Legislature.
Jennie also has a passion for health related issues. She played a leading role in making Maryland “smoke-free,” and as a Director on the Board of Hospice Caring, she helped create this facility, a haven for individuals facing the end of life and their families.
She was a very early advocate for the fledgling biotechnology industry and vigorously promoted its economic potential for Montgomery County, introducing legislation to promote venture capital investment in start-up companies and facilitate community-based "business incubators."
Nashville, Tennessee, Jennie attended the
University of North Carolina, receiving her
Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial
Relations. A businesswoman, Jennie founded
Forehand Antiques and Interiors and has worked
as a teacher, juvenile court probation
counselor, and statistician. She and her
husband raised two children in Rockville,
sending them through Montgomery County
Public Schools. Her daughter
graduated from the Naval Academy and her son is
now an architect.