Catherine Pugh was born on 10 March 1950. A public servant for nearly 20 years, Catherine Pugh was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1999 to represent the 4th District. Her ability to negotiate, as well as her bipartisan approach to problem-solving, catapulted her into various leadership positions in the Maryland Senate, including Majority Leader. She served for one year before running for her Senate seat in 2006. Catherine Elizabeth Pugh biography and profile.