MEET MARY BETH CAROZZA
Welcome to my website. I hope you will find it useful for finding out what you would like to know about me and my public service as well as information you can use to help you become more involved in the workings of your state government. Thank you for visiting. I hope you come back often. Mary Beth
I was raised in Ocean City, Maryland, and grew up on the Shore working with my parents and siblings in r family’s business, “Beefy’s” on 17th Street in Ocean City. The building still stands today. There I learned the value of hard work
I attended Ocean City Elementary School, Berlin Middle School, and I am a 1979 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, where I was on the tennis team and competed in tournaments in Salisbury and throughout the Eastern Shore.
I went on to graduate from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy and a Master of Arts Degree in American Government, while also completing the Harvard Senior Managers Government summer program.
I am the proud daughter of Mary Pat and Tony Carozza, long-time local community and church leaders, who currently reside in Ocean Pines. I am also the proud aunt of four nephews and three nieces.
Today, I continue that family tradition as an active and long-time member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in Ocean City where I am a Sunday school teacher, lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Mary Beth’s Years of Public Service
For nearly three decades, Mary Beth has dedicated herself to public service, excelling in senior leadership positions at the state and federal level.
Her depth of experience includes serving in the Administration of President George W. Bush where she served with distinction under the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.
While working at the Pentagon on 9/11, Mary Beth scrambled with others to keep communications open with Capitol Hill and the rest of the world. For her efforts on a day that changed America and in recognition for her service at the Pentagon, Mary Beth was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
In 2003, she went to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich. While there she worked to advance the critical priorities of local Shore officials and business leaders.
Following her years in the Ehrlich administration, Mary Beth worked in Washington in several capacities as Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, with the House Budget Committee that balanced the budget for the first time in 36 years, and on vital quality of life issues for our military troops.
In 2014, Mary Beth was elected by a large majority to the new Worcester County District 38C that covers most of Worcester County and the Eastern edge of Wicomico County.