Lorraine M. Sheehan

Lorraine Marie Sheehan (née Cantin; May 2, 1937 December 19, 2009) was the 63rd Secretary of State of Maryland and a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates, representing part of Prince George's County, Maryland.

Lorraine M. Sheehan
63rd Secretary of State of Maryland
In office
GovernorHarry Hughes
Preceded byPatricia G. Holtz
Succeeded byWinfield M. Kelly Jr.
Maryland State House of Delegates, Districts 25 & 26
In office
ConstituencyPrince George's County, Maryland
Personal details
Lorraine Marie Cantin

(1937-05-02)May 2, 1937
Manchester, New Hampshire
DiedDecember 19, 2009(2009-12-19) (aged 72)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic

Sheehan was born in Manchester, New Hampshire and moved to Maryland in 1965. After her son was diagnosed with disabilities, Sheehan became active in advocating for disability rights.[1]

Sheehan was elected to the Maryland State House of Delegates in 1974, representing the 26th district in Prince George's County. She was re-elected in 1978 and again in 1982, in the new 25th district.[2]

Sheehan was appointed by Governor Harry Hughes to be Secretary of State of Maryland in 1983, serving a four-year term.[1]

After her career in public service, Sheehan moved to Anne Arundel County, Maryland and remained active in disability issues, becoming president of the Arc of the United States. She was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2002 and was the 2009 Advocate of the Year for the Anne Arundel Disability Commission.[1][3]

Sheehan died of pneumonia complicated by cystic fibrosis on December 19, 2009, at Johns Hopkins Hospital.[3]


  1. "Lorraine Sheehan". Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Maryland State Archives. 2002.
  2. "Lorraine M. Sheehan". Archives of Maryland. July 19, 2011.
  3. Jacques, Kelly (December 24, 2009). "Lorraine M. Sheehan". The Baltimore Sun.
Political offices
Preceded by
Patricia G. Holtz
Secretary of State of Maryland
Succeeded by
Winfield M. Kelly Jr.
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