Allan Kittleman: A Proven, Independent Leader
A lifelong resident of Howard County, Allan Kittleman grew up in what would become Columbia, fishing and swimming in Lake Kittamaquandi and working on his family’s farm in West Friendship.
Allan’s commitment to Howard County and desire to serve his community was shaped from an early age. His father, the late Senator Bob Kittleman, was the first – and only - white person to be President of the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP, and was Chairman of the NAACP’s Education Committee during the effort to integrate the Howard County Public School System.
Allan Kittleman’s life has been a steady preparation for service and leadership.
Allan has continued his father’s legacy of ensuring that all Marylanders are treated equally. His service on the Howard County Council, in the State Senate, and as Howard County Executive has been marked by a strong commitment to independence, fairness, and fiscal prudence, which has helped Howard County grow and prosper. His first priorities are supporting and improving the county’s excellent schools, public safety, and human services, as well as fostering a better environment for small businesses.
Every year, Allan Kittleman takes time out to participate in the Super Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. The Super Plunge is when participants jump into the Chesapeake Bay each hour for 24 hours to raise money in support of the Special Olympics Maryland.
All of his life, Allan has come together with fellow community members to advance important causes, and he is known for his willingness to work with leaders and legislators of both political parties. His critical legislative votes in favor of marriage equality and of repealing the death penalty in Maryland reflect an independence and open-minded approach that has framed his career. Even earlier this year, Allan organized Fair Maps Maryland with former Democratic State Senator Jim Brochin to end the rampant gerrymandering in Maryland that is pulling our community apart.
In addition to his commitment to civil rights, Allan also strongly believes in economic freedom. He maintained one of the highest business ratings in the Maryland Legislature and understands that the key to our economic success is simply allowing businesses to compete in an environment with clear expectations and common-sense policies without excessive taxes and fees.
In 2006 and 2010, Allan won election to the Maryland Senate and he became Minority Leader in 2008. After announcing his support of marriage equality, Kittleman resigned his leadership position out of respect for his Republican colleagues whom he felt would prefer to have a leader who is more socially conservative. He continues to advocate for legislation to improve the business climate in Maryland and protect civil liberties.
During his time as Howard County Executive (December 2014 to December 2018), Allan acted on many challenges that had been neglected for years. He purchased and preserved the Harriet Tubman School, the last segregated school in Howard County. After hearing concerns from the non-profit community, Allan helped to establish the Non-Profit Collaborative and he also created the Community Resources Campus, where most of the County’s community service providers are now located.
To help alleviate school overcrowding, Allan negotiated the purchase of land and began funding construction of the County’s 13th high school which is scheduled to open for the 2022 - 2023 school year. After being discussed for decades, Allan acted to build a new circuit courthouse using an innovative public-private partnership to get the desperately-needed project funded and built. To improve our difficult transportation issues, Allan’s administration helped fund and worked closely with the Maryland Department of Transportation to alleviate the terrible congestion on Route 32 and make it safer for the families who travel along it.
Allan was able to achieve all of these important initiatives, while holding the line on taxes. During Allan’s administration, he did not increase the property, fire or income tax rates.
Allan Kittleman's lifelong dedication to Howard County stems from his deep roots in the community.
Allan is a proud product of Howard County Public Schools. After graduating from Atholton High School, Allan commuted to UMBC where he received a degree in Political Science. After taking education courses and student teaching at Glenelg High School and Dunloggin Middle School, Allan decided to go to law school. Since he could not afford to go to law school full time, Allan worked during the day and attended the University of Maryland, School of Law at night.
Allan’s wife, Robin, is a speech pathologist working with deaf and hard of hearing children in the Montgomery County Public School System. Robin served 12 years on the Board of Directors of the Maryland School for the Deaf and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Howard County Autism Society. Allan and Robin have four children - Haley, Mary, Robby, and James - and one granddaughter. All of their children graduated from Howard County Public Schools, and his daughter, Haley, currently teaches at Glenelg High School.