Julie Palakovich Carr was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in November 2018 to represent District 17 (Gaithersburg and Rockville). She serves on the Ways and Means Committee and has championed legislation to ease barriers to voting, make roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to close corporate tax loopholes.

She previously served two terms on the Rockville City Council (2013-2019), where she championed progressive reforms such as banning smoking in outdoor dining areas, pushing for a statewide fracking ban, protecting law-abiding immigrants from deportation, and improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and people in vehicles. Julie also served as Council liaison to Rockville’s Traffic and Transportation Commission, Human Rights Commission, and Animal Matters Board.

In 2016, Julie was recognized as a Leading Woman by the Annapolis Daily Record for her community involvement and professional accomplishments.

Prior to being elected, Julie served on several city task forces, including serving two terms on Environment Commission, chairing the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Review Committee, serving as vice chair of the City Services and Budget Working Group, and chairing the Watersheds Committee.

A scientist by training, Julie brings an analytical, facts-based approach to policymaking that sets her apart. Julie spent the last decade working on science policy, including as public policy manager for the American Institute of Biological Sciences, a non-profit organization devoted to ensuring that federal policymakers receive scientific information to inform their decision-making process. Julie has a master’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University. She is the only biologist with an advanced degree currently serving in the Maryland General Assembly.

Julie and her husband Eric have resided in East Rockville since 2007 and have a son.