Catherine E. Pugh

American politician

Catherine E. Pugh (born March 10, 1950) is an American Democratic politician. She is the 50th mayor of Baltimore, Maryland serving from 2016 to 2019.[1] She is Baltimore's third consecutive female mayor.

Catherine Pugh
Catherine Pugh at her inauguration as mayor December 2016
50th Mayor of Baltimore
In office
December 6, 2016 – May 2, 2019
On leave: April 2, 2019 – May 2, 2019
Preceded byStephanie Rawlings-Blake
Succeeded byJack Young
Majority Leader of the Maryland Senate
In office
January 14, 2015 – December 6, 2016
Preceded byJames Robey
Succeeded byDouglas J. J. Peters
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 40th district
In office
January 10, 2007 – December 6, 2016
Preceded byRalph M. Hughes
Succeeded byBarbara A. Robinson
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 40th district
In office
June 16, 2005 – January 10, 2007
Preceded byTony Fulton
Succeeded byShawn Z. Tarrant
Member of the Baltimore City Council
from the 4th district
In office
January 2000 – December 7, 2004
Preceded bySheila Dixon
Succeeded byKenneth Harris
Personal details
Catherine Elizabeth Crump

(1950-03-10) March 10, 1950 (age 70)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMorgan State University (BS, MBA)
WebsiteCampaign website

In April 2019, Pugh announced she was taking a leave of absence to recover from pneumonia. The announcement came at the same time when a scandal over a "self-dealing" book-sales arrangement of Pugh's books in exchange for contracts with the city were made public.[2] On May 2, 2019, Pugh resigned as Mayor of Baltimore amid the book scandal.[3]

On February 27, 2020, Pugh was sentenced to 3 years in prison to be followed by 3 years of probation.[4]


  1. Fritze, John (November 9, 2016). "How does a Donald Trump administration look in Maryland? In a word, different". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. McFadden, David (April 1, 2019). "Baltimore mayor goes on leave as 'self-serving' book deal scandal intensifies". KMPH-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  3. CNN, Kate Sullivan. "Mayor of Baltimore resigns amid book scandal". CNN. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  4. Fenton, Luke Broadwater, Justin. "Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced to 3 years for 'Healthy Holly' children's book fraud scheme". Retrieved 2020-02-27.