Jack Young (politician)

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Jack Young
Bernard C. "Jack" Young (2007).jpg
51st Mayor of Baltimore
Assumed office
May 2, 2019
Acting: April 2, 2019 – May 2, 2019
Preceded byCatherine Pugh
President of the Baltimore City Council
In office
February 8, 2010 – May 2, 2019
Preceded byStephanie Rawlings-Blake
Succeeded bySharon Green Middleton (Acting)
Member of the Baltimore City Council
In office
December 1996 – February 8, 2010
Preceded byTony Ambridge
Jacqueline McClean
Carl Stokes
Succeeded byCarl Stokes
Constituency2nd district (1996–2005)
12th district (2005–2010)
Personal details
Born (1954-06-26) June 26, 1954 (age 64)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBaltimore City Community College

Bernard C. "Jack" Young (born June 26, 1954)[1] is an American Democratic politician and current mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. Young was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1996 representing Baltimore's second district.[2] In 2010, Young became City Council President following Stephanie Rawlings-Blake taking over as mayor due to the indictment of Sheila Dixon.[2] On April 2, 2019, Young was named acting mayor during the leave of absence by Mayor Catherine Pugh.[3][4] Following Pugh's resignation on May 2, 2019, Young was fully vested as mayor of the city.[5] Young expressed an interest in running for his prior seat as Council President once his term as Mayor ends in December 2020.[6]


Jack Young was originally elected to represent Baltimore City Council District 2 in 1996, which he represented until 2003 when district lines were redrawn. After redistricting, he represented District 12 until he was appointed as City Council President in February 2010 to fill the vacancy left when Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was elevated to mayor. Young graduated from Northern High School in Baltimore and attended Baltimore City Community College.


At Johns Hopkins Hospital, Young first worked in the cafeteria and mailroom before joining the radiology department as a file clerk and eventually an administrator, in which he helped digitize the department archives.[7] By the late 1980s, Young began spending his evenings and weekends serving on the staff of Baltimore City Council member Mary Pat Clarke.[8][7] From 2007 to 2010, Young was a manager at the Maryland Department of Human Resources.[8] He has been a member of the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Council since 1995, and is a co-founder of the Broadway Development Foundation.

In February 2010, Councilman Young was unanimously nominated to fill the position of City Council President[9] after former City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Mayor of Baltimore following the resignation of former Mayor Sheila Dixon.[2]

Young was elevated to Acting Mayor on April 2, 2019, when then Mayor Catherine Pugh went on an indefinite leave of absence to recover from pneumonia. The announcement coincided with a scandal over a "self-dealing" book-sales arrangement.[10] On May 2, 2019, Pugh resigned and Young became mayor of the city.[5]


Young created controversy in 2009 when he said that "it should be required that all top-level people live in the city," referring to a report by the Baltimore Examiner that most Baltimore City police commanders don't live in the city.[11] On February 1, 2010, WBAL-TV's Jayne Miller reported that Young himself owned a home in Harford County for which he had signed an affidavit that declared the Harford County home was his primary residence.[12] Young said the house in Harford County had served as his summer home until he sold it in 2005.

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  1. ^ Baltimore Sun. "First District-DemocratsJames Ward MorrowDate of birth: Feb..." baltimoresun.com. Retrieved Apr 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Bernard C. "Jack" Young | Baltimore City Council". www.baltimorecitycouncil.com. Retrieved Apr 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Waldman, Tyler. "Pugh Taking Leave Of Absence, Young To Assume Her Duties". WBAL(AM). Retrieved Apr 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Donovan, Doug; Wenger, Yvonne. "Who is Baltimore City Council President Jack Young, who will be mayor while Catherine Pugh is on leave?". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved Apr 3, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Duncan, Ian; Marbella, Jean; Broadwater, Luke (May 2, 2019). "Baltimore Mayor Pugh resigns after month on leave amid investigation into her business deals". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Duncan, Ian (May 2, 2019). "Now officially Baltimore mayor, Jack Young inherits city's problems — particularly violent crime". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Duncan, Ian (April 12, 2019). "Up from the East Side: How 23 years in Baltimore politics led Jack Young to becoming mayor — for now". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Bernard C. (Jack) Young, Mayor (Democrat)". Maryland Manual Online. Maryland State Archives. May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Sharper, Julie (February 9, 2010). "Young unanimously elected Baltimore City Council president". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Fenton, Justin (February 27, 2009). "Councilman Demands Action". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore Maryland. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "Young's Home, State Job Questioned". WBAL-TV (video). Baltimore, Maryland. February 2, 2010. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Catherine Pugh
Mayor of Baltimore