Jason W. Papanikolas was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.  His father worked as an audit manager for the then-largest regional bank in Utah, while his mother stayed home to raise their two children.  Morals and public spiritedness were important in the Papanikolas household and so Jason attended Catholic elementary and high schools.  These formative experiences taught him the importance of a moral worldview and that morality cannot be subjective if it is to have any meaning at all.  Jason also learned to give back to his community.  As an Eagle Scout, Jason led an effort to rehabilitate a park playground for the youth of Holliday, Utah.  He also volunteered with Catholic Community Services, providing assistance to low-income Americans and recent immigrants to the United States through the Bishop Weigand Resource Center.

It was during high school that Jason also got his first taste of politics.  As a member of Senator Orrin Hatch’s Youth Advisory Council, Jason helped Senator Hatch to understand the issues of the day from the perspective of a teenager.  He enrolled at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C, where, in 2001, he earned a B.A. in Politics with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in History.  While at CUA, he continued to pursue public service by participating in a reading tutoring program in the D.C. public school system.  Jason also interned for Congressman Tim Roemer of Indiana and Michigan Governor John Engler’s Communications Office.  He witnessed the agonizing decision that Congressman Roemer was forced to make during the impeachment of President Clinton.  In the end, the Congressman chose morality and standing for his principles over party loyalty.  It was a lesson that Jason would remember always.

While at Catholic, Jason met the love of his life, Tiffany Chambers, and shortly after graduation, they married and moved to Silver Spring and later to Laurel. Together they are raising two children in the Maryland suburbs.  The birth of his sons will always rank as his proudest moments.  Today, his oldest son, Alex, is six and will be entering First Grade in Prince George’s Public Schools this fall.  He attends Berwyn Heights Elementary School where Tiffany works as a National Board Certified general music and chorus teacher.

Jason has spent a career spanning more than a decade working with a variety of organization across numerous fields, including higher education administration and risk management, to bring a unique set of problem-solving skills that has saved clients that he has worked with hundreds of millions of dollars.  As a process and project management specialist, Jason has created efficiencies in university registrar processes and created risk management solutions to have saved Fortune 500 companies an estimated $250 million.

Jason has been active in Republican politics since 2006.  He is currently the Vice President of the Prince George’s County Young Republicans and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Republican Central Committee for Prince George’s County.



9 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Mike D May 5, 2009 at 13:03

    Just thought you’d like to know that there’s two of us in this state (lonely conservatives). I started my website a few years ago to try to promote the good cause….. keep it up…..

    PS. – My wife, kids and I live in Severn.

    • 2 jpapanikol June 4, 2009 at 13:12

      Hey Mike:

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’ve recently become far more active in the party. Perhaps I’ll see you around!

  2. 3 Ruth Seiler May 10, 2009 at 23:14

    Greetings. How can I get involved to reasonably promote conservatism in Maryland? I was the organizer for the Las Cruces Tax Day Tea Party and I’m moving with my husband to the Hagerstown area.

    • 4 jpapanikol May 11, 2009 at 09:13

      Hey Ruth:

      Good to hear from you. I noticed on your blog that you’re a choral director. My wife has a M.M. from Catholic University and teaches elementary music in Prince George’s County. She’s far more talented than me obviously 😉

      As you’ve probably already noticed, Maryland is the most reliably liberal state in the country! Of 81 elected county-wide offices in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, not one is held by a Republican. Republicans are a minority in the State Assembly and, frankly, the state GOP spends more time fighting itself than fighting Democrats in the State House!

      There are some positives for you, however. Hagerstown is more conservative than the rest of the state, so you’ll find some like-minded individuals in your area. Also, I can put you touch with some individuals who can help get you settled into Maryland conservativism. Drop me a line when you get settled into Hagerstown and I’d pleased to make the introductions.

      • 5 Ruth Seiler June 1, 2009 at 11:21

        I’m in Hagerstown now. Please contact me. Thanks!


      • 6 jpapanikol June 4, 2009 at 13:10

        Hey Ruth:

        How are you liking Hagerstown? I should introduce you to Moshe Starkman first thing. He’s President of the Montgomery County YRs and is heavily involved in technology initiatives with the state GOP as well as the RNC. He knows everybody in the MDGOP and would be a good point of contact for you. We’ll be at the YR State Convention in Clinton. It’s quite a drive from Hagerstown, so I’ll understand if you can’t make it.

        Do you use Facebook? I can link you guys up that way as well.

  3. 7 David Galosky June 22, 2011 at 17:12

    Please consider signing the Maryland Petition to Turn Back the In State Tuition for Illegal Aliens. This will most certainly raise taxes and cut scholarships as indicated below.

    Go to http://www.mdpetitions.com

    Consider this!

    Maryland General Assembly will not offer the Maryland Distinguished Scholar award for the high school class of 2012 and beyond, but will continue to fund recipients in the class of 2011 and those who are already enrolled in college.

    According to a press release from the Governor Martin O’Malley, the award’s termination occurred because of budget challenges and cuts to college financial assistance programs. The original decision, which passed in the General Assembly in April, denied funding to current high school seniors. On May 11, Governor Martin O’Malley restored the scholarship for seniors who were awarded last year. “While this year’s budget deficit presented unique challenges, and we worked together to address the revenue shortfall with tough choices and deep cuts to existing programs, it was never our intention to impact prior awards,” said O’Malley in the press release. Seniors were notified of the restoration of their awards on May 16.
    The Maryland General Assembly voted to cut funding for the scholarship program in April. Courtesy of Washington Post
    The Maryland General Assembly voted to cut funding for the scholarship program in April.

    According to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), the organization that conducts the award, high school juniors who submitted applications for the program earlier this year will not have their applications processed. The award will be completely phased out in 2015 when current seniors graduate from college, according to MHEC.

  4. 8 David Galoskty October 25, 2011 at 09:37

    With considerable thought, I have reversed my initial decision regarding the undocumented alien and the Maryland In-State Tuition benefits. I have considered the plight of the undocumented alien who has lived in these United States shy of two decades. To burden undocumented aliens with out of state tuition would be cruel. It is time to embrace them and make them documented American citizens. The first step is to let them have Maryland In-State Tuition benefits and provide them with the means to become successful in their pursuit of the American dream.

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