Jolene Ivey has a record of fighting for those less fortunate and outside the political system. Her work with at-risk youth, children, families and immigrants has been widely recognized.
Jolene was sworn in to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2007. As a Delegate from Prince George’s County, she serves on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, is House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families, and is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus and the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review. She is also the Chair of the Prince George’s County House Delegation.
Gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Doug Gansler selected Jolene to join his ticket as Lieutenant Governor for the 2014 election.
Jolene has five sons with her husband of 25 years, Glenn Ivey, former Prince George’s County States Attorney, as well as an adult stepdaughter. She and her family live in Cheverly and they belong to the Cheverly United Methodist Church.
Prior to her public service in the State House, Jolene was a television broadcaster, producer and writer for WMAR – TV. She left the television business to serve as a Congressional Press Secretary for Maryland Democratic Congressman Ben Cardin.
Jolene was born in Washington, D.C., and lived in Riggs Park until she was 15. Her family then moved to Prince George’s County, where she graduated from High Point High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in mass communications from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Jolene and her brother were raised by their parents, Joseph Stephenson and step-mother Genevieve Stephenson. Their dad was an American war hero, serving as a Buffalo Soldier in WWII and in the Korean War. He was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his service.
Jolene co-founded a group called “Mocha Moms,” a support group for at-home mothers of color, which now has more than 100 chapters across the country.