East Baltimore Pride
He may be the second-ranking leader in the Maryland State Senate, but to friends, neighbors and colleagues, Senator Nathaniel McFadden is more affectionately known as “Mac”: a city schools educator and administrator, dedicated public servant, devoted father and grandfather and a tireless fighter for Baltimore City neighborhoods.
His work has brought recognized economic development, education funding, jobs and East Baltimore Pride to the 45th District. A committed and active member of numerous boards and commissions, including the NAACP, the Urban League of Baltimore and 100 Black Men of Maryland, his service to the City of Baltimore extends well beyond elected office.
Mac graduated from Baltimore City College High School and later attended Morgan State College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and history and a Master of Science degree in history and social science.
When he isn’t working for the 45th District, he can be found celebrating its success stories as a devoted fan of the Dunbar Poets, the Morgan State Bears, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles, where he brings youth groups from across the District every summer to enjoy the game.
Professional Career in Baltimore City Education
For Mac, everything comes down to public education.
He began his professional career in 1968 teaching at Dunbar Senior High School. He later served in various city schools, including as Coordinator of Educational Opportunity Programs at Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School; Department Head of Social Studies at Lombard Junior High School and Southwestern Senior High School; and Principal of Dunbar Adult Evening School. Currently, he is a facilitator with the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Mac’s passion has always been providing children in Baltimore City with a high-quality education. As a former student, teacher, principal and administrator, Mac knows better than most the potential of our schools, the challenges they face and the improvements that we must continue to fight for every day.
A Distinguished Record of Public Service
Senator McFadden currently serves as President Pro Tem of the Maryland State Senate – the first Black President Pro Tem in Maryland’s history. Prior to that, he served as Senate Majority Leader. McFadden’s committee work includes Budget and Taxation, Executive Nominations, Rules, Legislative Policy, Joint Audit, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, Spending Affordability and the Joint Committee on Pensions.
His service also includes twelve years on the Democratic State Central Committee and four years as Secretary of the Maryland Democratic Party. Mac is the former Chair of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation, a position that he held for 13 years. He is a member of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments (Education Committee), the National Conference of State Legislatures (Budgets and Revenue Committee) and the Board of Trustees for Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Mac is also proud to have been a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008 for Barack Obama.
In the Senate, his service also includes sitting on the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council – a groundbreaking group charged with reducing incarceration and recidivism, the Senate Special Committee on Ethics Reform and the Commission on Retirement Security and Savings – a group established to ensure that all Marylanders have access to a retirement plan, regardless of income or employer.
Faith & Family
Mac and his wife, Rachel are the proud parents of three adult sons and five grandchildren. He has been a member of Southern Baptist Church for the past forty-five years.