Ana Sol Gutierrez
|Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 18|
January 8, 2003
|Constituency||District 18, Montgomery County|
|Born||January 11, 1942|
|Residence||Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
|Occupation||Public servant, Politician|
Ana Sol Gutierrez (born January 11, 1942) is a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Maryland who was the first Latina to ever be elected to the Maryland General Assembly. She is currently serving in her second term in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Montgomery County in Maryland's District 18. Gutierrez sits on the Appropriations Committee and has been chair of the Delinquency Prevention and Diversion Services Task Force since 2006. In 2003, Gutierrez was the first Latina elected to state office.
Gutierrez was born in El Salvador and attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School before moving on to Pennsylvania State University, garnering a B.S. in chemistry and earned an M.S. in technology of management, scientific & technical information systems from American University. She did her postgraduate studies in applied engineering at George Washington University. Gutierrez has served in all three levels of government. As a deputy administrator in the Transportation Department during the Clinton Administration, on the Montgomery County School Board, and as a Delegate for the 18th District.
Ana Sol Gutierrez is strongly allied with CASA of Maryland in support of a system whereby the default Maryland Driving Permit will not conform to the standards mandated by the Real ID Act, and may be issued to undocumented immigrants. She favors the issuance of a special ID which will conform to federal standards which would allow the bearer to enter federal buildings, board planes, and engage in other transactions which require identity cards conforming to the standards set out in the Real ID Act of 2005. She opposes a two-tier licensing system which would issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants, but which would not conform to the Real ID standards which would be the default for Maryland driving permits issued to qualified Marylanders, because "[i]n this climate, that's a scarlet letter". Governor Martin O'Malley later directed the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to phase in compliance to the Real ID standards by 2010.