McDaniel alumnus elected to Congress

November 19, 2008

Frank M. Kratovil Jr.,’90, now Congressman Kratovil of Stevensville, Md., won a seat to represent Maryland’s 1st District in one of the nation’s most competitive House races.

This Maryland district stretches from the lower Eastern Shore to parts of Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties, and brings together a wide diversity of voters. During the final weeks leading up to election night, voters were bombarded by campaign ads almost continuously for and against the candidates, and this aggressive contest grabbed the attention of the national media. Kratovil (Dem.), who was currently serving in his second term as State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County, received endorsements from the major area newspapers including The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.

Kratovil received his bachelor’s degree from McDaniel in 1990 and was awarded the Bates Prize for the Most Outstanding Graduating Male, the Havens Award for Outstanding Athletic and Humanitarian Contribution to the College, and the Carroll County Sun's Scholar-Athlete Award. Following college and while attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, he began his career in criminal law by working at the Public Defender's Office. He graduated from law school with honors in 1994 and then accepted an appointment as a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court for Prince George's County. Following his clerkship, he accepted a position as an Assistant State's Attorney in Prince George's County, where he remained until 1997.

Nancy Voss ’54 is joined by Professors Herb Smith and Kathy Mangan to celebrate alumnus Frank Kratovil’s (second from left) election to Congress.

English Professor Kathy Mangan remembers teaching Kratovil creative writing and volunteered to advocate for Kratovil among her colleagues and friends. “I like to think that creative writing gives every student facility with language and new respect for vocabulary,” she says.

“Don’t you want every elected official to have the soul of a poet?”

In 1997 Frank was appointed Assistant State's Attorney in Queen Anne's County, and until 2001 served as the County's only full-time prosecutor and community prosecutor. From 1997 to 1998, he served as president of the Young Democrats of Maryland, and in 1998 was selected to represent the United States on the American Council of Young Political Leaders' delegation to Taiwan. In 2003, at the age of 34, he was elected State's Attorney for Queen Anne's County, becoming one of the youngest State's Attorneys in Maryland.

Kratovil is the first from McDaniel’s undergraduate alumni body elected to Congress, but not the first representative. William F. Goodling, M.Ed.’57 was congressional representative from Pennsylvania's 19th district for 13 terms (1974-1990.) Formerly he served as principal of West York Area High School and later superintendent of Spring Grove Area School district.