About Steve Waugh
Senator Steve Waugh was born in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986. He served 20 years in the Marine Corps.
Waugh served as an AV-8B pilot, aviation safety officer, forward air controller with 3rd Light Armor Infantry, and as the chief of combat operations for U.S. Central Command Combined Air Forces. His Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., assignments include chief engineer for the RQ-2A Pioneer Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Demonstration, acquisition initiation and survivability lead for Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicle, deputy program manager for the Multi-Role Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program, before serving as a deputy program executive officer and NAVAIR War Council chairman.He has been a member of the senior professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory since October 2007, and serves as a systems engineer with the Aerospace Systems Analysis Group in the Force Projection Department. He has worked on the Tomahawk’s advanced concept development, P-8 Poseidon requirements analysis, EP-X, offensive anti-surface weapon analysis of alternatives, Broad Area Maritime Surveillance information assurance, Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration engineering processes, VH-3 Sea King sustainment strategy, fleet experimentation, system architectures for Joint Precision Approach Landing System and Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, and the Army’s Ground-Based Sense and Avoid Radar System. His is proud to have founded the Small UAS Symposium.
Waugh was sworn in as Maryland District 29 Senator on January 14, 2015. He is a member of the Education, Health and Environment Committee, the Administrative Executive Legislative Review and Federal Relations sub-committees, and he chairs the Republican Senatorial Committee.
He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Marine Corps Aviation Association, Marine Corps League, and American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, earned his Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, as well as the Air Force Command and Staff College. He is a Defense Acquisition University graduate, certified in Systems Engineering and Program Management. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (OIF), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal (OEF/OSW) and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (OSW).
Married in 1986, his wife Myra is a school teacher. Together, they have two boys, Nicholas and Phillip.