Terri Hill for Congress (7th-MD)

MEET TERRI

“The first thing I do is listen.”

Terri L. Hill has served Baltimore and Howard Counties in the Maryland House of Delegates since she was first elected in 2014. She has expertly targeted the issues important to her constituents by utilizing her superpower – her listening skills. At the grocery store, her church, public events and private gatherings, Terri listens. And in places where people may not have voted for her or may not know her, Terri also listens. She knows her District and considers it an honor, privilege and duty to champion accordingly on their behalf.

Her understanding of the community and her ability to get things accomplished in Annapolis have led Terri to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, where she believes she can be a more impactful advocate for the people of Baltimore City and Baltimore and Howard Counties. She will bring her same sensibilities and expertise to a national platform and continue to listen and focus on healthcare, civil rights protections and climate change.

Terri has her pulse on the community through another fundamental reason – this has been her home for over 50 years. Her roots in the District are all-encompassing, having been guided and mentored by local teachers, neighbors, relatives, friends and yes, Congressman Elijah Cummings. She listened to their advice and counsel and credits this “village” as her inspiration to dream, lead and make a difference.

“We lost one of Baltimore’s finest with the passing of Elijah Cummings and yet, we are not lost.”

Educated in Howard County’s public schools, Terri was invited in middle school to study advanced mathematics as one of the first students enrolled in the Johns Hopkins Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (now the Center for Talented Youth “CTY”). At Wilde Lake High School, she graduated as president of the class of 1977.

In 1981, Terri received a degree in bioelectric engineering from Harvard University, where she was on the Dean’s List and elected a Class Marshall. As an undergraduate, she was also elected to the board of directors of the Harvard Cooperative Society, one of the country’s largest college bookstores.

At her graduation in 1985 with a medical degree from New York’s Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Terri was named the Aura E. Severinghaus Scholar in recognition of “outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.” She completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Having completed her training, Terri returned home to establish her solo medical practice, developing affiliations with most Baltimore area hospitals. She has provided high-quality medical care to patients in her greater Baltimore-Washington area-based practice for more almost 30 years.

Terri is known as a modern-day physician, with an “old school” touch—personable, compassionate, thoughtful, resourceful and patient. Her commitment to healing the whole person has won patients’ confidence, affection and appreciation. They come from all walks of life and call many different places home. They talk to her about everything and she listens intently. These conversations give her insight into the nagging issues that concern people, the things that give them hope, and motivate her to consider ways to improve their conditions.

“My being a physician in clinical practice with decades of experience as a listener, problem solver and advocate allows me to bring a much-needed perspective on how policies and actions might impact people at the point of delivery.  The greater the diversity of life experience and expertise present in the legislature, the greater the potential for finding meaningful solutions to our challenges.”

In her daily and professional life, Terri embraces the tenet: to whom much has been given, much is expected. She served on the board of the regional American Red Cross and volunteered on local and international medical missions to Venezuela and China to perform cleft palate surgery on children from impoverished families. Her office is a learning lab for high school and college interns considering careers in science or business. Many of her mentees are now themselves in health-related fields. She also generously gives her time to family, friends and acquaintances who, though not in her care, enlist her as
their medical interpreter, counselor and advocate, when faced with a difficult and sometimes dire diagnoses.

Thankful for the encouragement and support of those who aided her journey, Terri is particularly motivated to work with young people and “pay it forward.” She facilitated a middle school girls’ leadership program, regularly volunteers at high school career days and is in demand as a motivational speaker for youth programs and special events. On occasion, she is even called upon to help a student struggling with homework.

“I am not concerned so much about my future election as I am concerned about our future generations and the future of our country.”

In recognition of her leadership and service, Terri is the recipient of various awards, including the Mother Mary Lange Leadership Award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Towson University’s Distinguished Black Marylander Award, Phi Lambda Sorority Women in Medicine Award, Associated Black Charities Women on the Move and the Outstanding Professional Achievement Spirit Award from the Columbia, Maryland chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA). Her sorority also awarded her with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) Outstanding Service in Health Award.

In addition to medicine, Terri has always been interested in politics as evidenced by a college summer internship in the Capitol Hill office of retired United States Senator Paul S. Sarbanes. A strong believer in the power of the ballot, she has volunteered in the campaigns of candidates for local, state and federal office. Most recently, she conceived and led a series of voter education and empowerment workshops, organized in response to national voter suppression efforts.

Having encouraged others to get off the sideline and into the game, Terri is excited about increasing her own involvement in the political process. An information junkie and analytical by nature, she would bring to the job a fresh perspective and diverse experience. In her day-to-day world, collaborative
problem solving is valued and “thinking outside the box” is not a cliché, but a requirement.

“Although our community is comprised of people from different backgrounds and interests, we are united in wanting the things that speak to our quality of life. Whatever the challenge – healthcare; housing; the challenges faced by small businesses in a sluggish economy; closing the achievement gap and graduating students who are college and career ready; protecting the environment; sustainable communities; security for our aging population; or investing in the human and material infrastructure that supports our quality of life – the issues are often complex and demand thoughtful and informed debate. I know our community’s history. I share its vision for the future. I would be honored to serve in the United States Congress and represent the people of District 7.”

And when you meet Terri out and about be sure to give her your thoughts and ideas. She’s listening – you can count on it.

Read More about Terri’s 2019 Session Accomplishments