Steve Bailey is not the sort of guy you’d expect to be running for political office.
He always just wanted to be a great lawyer.
“When I was a kid, I loved the scene in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ where the lawyer helped Santa save Christmas,” Steve said. “It’s weird to say, but I saw the justice in that moment. I saw the role that lawyers could have in making our world a better place. I knew I wanted to do that.”
And that’s exactly what was going to happen.
Steve grew up as the son of a police officer and a homemaker. The biggest lessons he learned from them were the importance of honesty and working hard at work that you love. Steve notes, “My parents taught me that it was ok to dream as long as you live with integrity.”
When it was time to follow his dream, he moved to Maryland to attend the University of Baltimore Law School. In Baltimore is also where he met his wife, Jeanne.
Steve wasted no time in taking a position in Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office as a law clerk. Over the course of the next 20 years, he worked climbing the ranks as a prosecutor, and ultimately spending five years as Deputy State’s Attorney.
“The time I spent working as Deputy State’s Attorney for Sandy O’Connor was incredibly rewarding. Life was great,” according to Steve. “My three kids were growing up well, my wife and I couldn’t have been happier.”
After leaving Baltimore County government, Steve continued to stay active in community affairs volunteering his time with the Baltimore County chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization that helps the average citizen make his or her voice heard. While working to increase the public’s access to and understanding of Baltimore County government, Steve was struck by how adverse the county government was to citizen input.
“Public servants didn’t seem interested in serving the public,” Steve said. “As I looked around, I saw career politicians on the County Council exempting themselves from the pension reform laws that they required other County workers to follow. A local delegate used his position to misdirect the resources of the Police Department to assist in his marriage proposal. Even the State’s Attorney pushed for an interpretation and change to the law that set his salary to insure that he would be the second highest paid elected official in the entire State. I knew that we could reform this culture of entitlement.”
What does Steve have in mind? Combining his experience as a lawyer working in the State’s Attorney’s Office with a willingness to sacrifice and serve, Steve has decided to make a difference and run for Baltimore County State’s Attorney.
“Every time I walk into a courtroom, I still believe I can help make this world a better place, even if it’s just here in Baltimore County,” Steve explained. “I’m asking the citizens of this County to raise the bar and expect more out of their elected officials.”
“As State’s Attorney, I know that I can make a difference. We should expect our public servants to live like we do, to spend our tax dollars wisely, and lead by serving others. That’s not happening right now, and I want to see that it does.”
Steve would be seen as an idealist if he weren’t so analytical about everything. His calm demeanor and sense of humor do make you think, though: what if an elected official really could be an average guy with a passion to serve?
Steve currently resides in Towson with his wife Jeanne and three children. They all still watch ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ every Christmas.
Steve loves watching sports and playing basketball and softball
Steve is an active volunteer at Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium
Steve hates the fact that his youngest is going into Towson High School next year and he won’t be coaching little league any more
Steve graduated from University of Massachusetts
Steve’s siblings and parents still vacation together each year
Steve was promoted to the role of Deputy State’s Attorney by Sandy O’Connor
Steve served on the:
- Board of Directors of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
- Attorney General’s and Lieutenant Governor’s Taskforce Against Domestic Violence
- Baltimore County Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee
- Board of Directors of TurnAround, a Baltimore County-based group that provides essential services to victims of domestic violence