Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden was born in Philadelphia, PA, and at the age of four his family moved to Baltimore, where he currently resides. Mac, as he is affectionately known, attended Baltimore City public schools and graduated from the Baltimore City College High School in 1964. He attended Morgan State College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography and history in 1968 and a Masters of Science degree in history and social science in 1972. He was also enrolled in Morgan’s Doctoral program where he completed one year of an Urban Educational Administration Degree Program.
McFadden began his professional career in 1968 as a teacher at Dunbar Senior High School. Subsequently, he served in various positions in the field of education including Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Program, Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School; Department Head of Social Studies, Lombard Junior High School and later at Southwestern Senior High School; Principal of Dunbar Adult Evening School. Currently, he is a facilitator with the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Long active in public service, Senator McFadden served on the Baltimore City Council from 1982 to 1987 and has served in the Maryland Senate since 1995. His service also includes twelve years on the Democratic State Central Committee and four years as Secretary of the Maryland Democratic Party. Among is many Senate duties, McFadden serves on the Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government, on the Senate Special Committee on Ethics Reform, and as the Vice-Chair on the Senate Budget & Taxation committee. McFadden has been a member of the Maryland State Senate for seventeen years where he currently serves as the President Pro Tem - the first Black President Pro Tem in the history of the Maryland State Senate, previously he served as the Majority Leader. The first Black Majority Leader was also a Mason - Senator Clarence W. Blount.
Senator McFadden is the former Chair of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation, a position that he held for 13 years. Senator McFadden is a member of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Government (Education Committee), National Conference of State Legislatures (Budgets and Revenue Committee) and Board of Trustees for Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Recipient of the 2009 State of Maryland First Citizen’s Award. Recipient of the 2009 Maryland National Guard Freestate Challenge Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and 2009 Recipient of Morgan State University’s Alumni of the Year Award. For his official biography, please click here.
Senator McFadden has been a member of Southern Baptist Church for the past thirty-eight years. He is happily married to his wife Rachel and is the proud father of three adult sons and five grandchildren.
He is a member of the King David Lodge No. #18 where he was raised on November 7, 1996. Sublime Prince McFadden served honorably as the Illustrious Prior of Hiram Consistory No. #2, Valley of Baltimore, Orient of Maryland. Noble McFadden is a member of Jerusalem Temple No. #4, Oasis of Baltimore, Desert of Maryland. Brother McFadden was elected Vice President of the Robert W. Brown Class of 2003, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, 33° Masons. Additionally, at the 2004 Imperial Council, Noble McFadden was elevated to the position of Honorary Past Potentate. He is a passionate and motivational speaker and relishes every opportunity to speak at various Masonic events.
High School: Baltimore City College, 1964 (Alumni Hall of Fame 2003)
College: Morgan State College, B.A., 1968 (Alumni Hall of Fame 2000)
Morgan State University, Doctoral Program (1 year)
Educator: Baltimore City Public Schools, 1968 - Present (including teacher, department head and principal).
Public Servant: Baltimore City, 1972 - Present (Baltimore City Council, 1982-1987; Maryland State Senate, 1995-Present)
Community Leader: Numerous Boards and Commissions
NAACP (Life Member)
Urban League of Baltimore
Other Fraternal Organization: Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.
Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity, Inc.
100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc.