LI-trained candidate for Maryland Senate defeats incumbent

July 22, 2014 | By Ali Kudlick

“I could not just sit back and watch tax-and-spend liberals destroy my home state of Maryland,” the newly Republican-endorsed candidate for Maryland’s State Senate Michael Hough said.

On June 24 he beat Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley (R-Frederick), the incumbent, by more than 2 to 1 in the Maryland state senate district 4 primary election.

“I believe this race is important because Republicans in Maryland must have a clear contrast with the Democrats,” Michael said, “and we are hurt by politicians like Brinkley who claim to be conservative, but then vote for taxes and wasteful spending.”

His devotion to public service didn’t just begin; he’s been long at it.  

He served in the United States Air Force as a Minuteman III Missile technician, and later graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

His first job in politics was as a legislative aide to Maryland State Senator Alex Mooney, also a Leadership Institute graduate and standing behind Michael in the picture to the right.

“Alex Mooney had attended Leadership Institute classes and encouraged me to do the same,” Michael said.

Michael has taken seven trainings including the Future Candidate School and the Campaign Management School.

“The Leadership Institute (LI) is the best place to learn how to run a grassroots campaign and the best place for conservatives to learn how to effectively communicate,” he said. “I have constantly relied on my LI training. I used it to run a successful reelection effort for a state senator as a campaign manager in 2006 and I’ve used LI training as a candidate in 2010 and 2014,” Michael said.

In 2010, Michael first ran for state delegate. He defeated the liberal Republican incumbent with 69 percent of the vote and has been serving in the General Assembly for the past three years.


When not serving the people of Maryland, he's a husband and father to three children and also works at the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization of state legislators. He’s their director of special projects.



“The Leadership Institute gave me the knowledge I needed to win my campaigns. I recommend the training to all conservatives,” Michael said.

Please congratulate Michael Hough on his successful grassroots campaign and commitment to conservative principles. Please applaud him for receiving LI’s Conservative Leader Award.

To nominate a Leadership Institute graduate or faculty member for the Conservative Leader Award or Conservative Leader-In-Training Award where they will have an article written about them, please contact LI's Director of External Affairs Lauren Day, at Lauren@LeadershipInstitute.org.