David R. Craig


Title: Former State Legislator
Company: Maryland Department of Planning
Location: Havre de Grace, Maryland, United States

David R. Craig, Former State Legislator at the Maryland Department of Planning, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and history.

Mr. Craig, who recently retired as a secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning in 2016, began his career in politics on the Havre de Grace City Council. Elected to serve as the mayor of the town in 1985, 1987, 2001 and 2005, he resigned upon swearing-in as the Harford County executive, where he contributed for nine years until 2014. He was also elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1990 and was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1994, representing District 34. Mr. Craig formerly parleyed his knowledge as a teacher and assistant principal for more than 30 years within the Hartford County School District before becoming involved in politics.

In retirement, Mr. Craig serves as the executive director of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission (WWICC). Established by Gov. Larry Hogan through an executive order, the goal of the commission is to create ways for the state’s residents and its visitors to remember, commemorate and learn about the meaning of World War I and the role of Marylanders during that time. A well-known and respected member of the community, Mr. Craig has been active with Troop 967 of the Boy Scouts of America and as a delegate of the Representative National Convention. He is a life member of the Susquehanna Museum and a member of the Friends of Concord Point Lighthouse.

In 2016, the same year that Mr. Craig retired, he published a book titled “Greetings from Gettysburg” with co-author Marty L. Martin. Featuring 160 beautiful historic postcards memorializing important and noteworthy scenes, the book is as much about the visitors to Gettysburg as it is to its soldiers and the battle struggles. The Battle of Gettysburg notably fought for three days in July 1863 with over 51,000 American casualties, make this battle the costliest conflict fought within the United States. Born and raised in Havre de Grace, Mr. Craig graduated from Havre de Grace High School in 1967. He subsequently attended Towson University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in history and Morgan State University with a Master of Science. Aligned with several professional organizations, he remains active as a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is currently serving as a vice commander.

Mr. Craig received a Virginia Scotten Award from the Harford County Republican Party in 1987. He was also honored with a National Citation for what the Maryland WWICC had done to honor the 62,000 people of Maryland who were in the war. A celebrated Marquis listee, Mr. Craig has been showcased in the 26th and 27th editions of Who’s Who in the East.

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