About Jen

About Jen Terrasa

 

 

As a resident of Howard County for more than 40 years, I am passionate about serving the community where I grew up and where I have chosen to raise my three children. I’ve had the honor of serving Howard County for over a decade, and during this time, I have consistently spoken out on issues that impact my community, from healthcare to transportation to education to making sure we are doing what needs to be done to ensure that members of our disability community are able to fully participate. As a legislator, I have experience being a voice for the people, standing up for our shared values, and solving problems to address community concerns. 

My education and training as a lawyer and mediator, my experience as an activist, my nearly 12 years serving as a member of the Howard County Council, and my deep roots in this community combined to made me highly and uniquely qualified to hit the ground running as your state delegate. Prior to serving as a County Councilmember, I served on the Howard County Planning Board, on the Kings Contrivance Village Board, and as my HOA president which gave me hands-on experience addressing local issues. During my time on the Council, I also served as the Council’s representative to the Legislative committee of MACo (Maryland Association of Counties) which gave me a strong background in state issues and legislative solutions.
As your representative, I listen, I care, and I act. I look forward to continuing to serve as your state delegate.

Delegate Jen Terrasa was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018 to represent District 13 in the Maryland State Legislature. She serves on the Environment and Transportation Committee as well as the Land Use and Ethics , Local Government and BiCounty Agencies, Housing and Real Property Subcommittees. She is a member of the Women’s Legislative Caucus and Transportation Caucus as well as an Associate member of the Latino Caucus. Prior to being elected to serve as state delegate, she served for 12 years on the Howard County Council from December 2006 to December 2018. A resident of Howard County for over 40 years, Jen is deeply rooted in the Howard County and genuinely committed to its future, having served the community in a number of roles as a community advocate, president of her homeowner’s association, vice-chair and member of the Kings Contrivance Village Board, and member of the Howard County Planning Board.

After graduating from Oakland Mills High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she was editor of the Law Review. Before being elected to the Howard County Council, Jen worked for The Women’s Law Center of Maryland and taught at the University of Baltimore Law School.

Jen is the mother of three children, Tony, Kelsey and Joey. She is proud to raise her children in Howard County, where they can enjoy the high quality of life Howard County has to offer and be part of a diverse and thriving community. A product of Howard County public schools and a 40-year resident, Jen looks forward to continuing her work to help make Howard County a great place for families.