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August 07, 2005|By Andrew A. Green

Mary D. Kane

Occupation: Maryland secretary of state.

In the news: Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed her last week to be secretary of state. She is responsible for overseeing and registering charitable organizations; administering the Maryland Charity Campaign; and recording executive orders and registrations for condominiums, notaries public and trademarks. The secretary also administers the state's international sister states program and other foreign affairs.

Career highlights: After earning a business and finance degree from Mount St. Mary's College, the Wilmington, Del., native worked for Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Capitol Hill and then for the American Trucking Association. After taking several years off to have children, Kane entered Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law at age 35. She was the commencement speaker at her graduation in 1999. After she spent four years at a Washington law firm, Ehrlich, a longtime friend, named her deputy secretary of state in 2003.

Personal: Kane, 43, is married to John Kane, a moving and storage company executive and chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. They have three children and live in Potomac.

Philosophy: "We plan on living here in Maryland for the rest of our lives. We have a business here in Maryland, our children are growing up here and hopefully coming back after college, and I believe in being involved."

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