Dan wants to serve in the Maryland legislature. Dan wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunities that he has had for a successful and happy life. Following is a little bit more about Dan and his family.
The Early Years – Growing up in Politics
Born on a small farm in western Wisconsin in 1951, Dan is one of eight children. He learned the value of hard work and cooperating with others at an early age. He benefited from the teachers who helped him to not just learn information but how to apply it to real life situations.
Dan participated in his first political campaign in 1960. His father, Donald, had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and a fellow navy veteran, who was also the junior senator from Massachusetts, asked for help in the Wisconsin presidential primary. Dan joined his family knocking on doors for John F. Kennedy and helping to win that critical primary.
The president was so grateful to the Medinger family that his parents were invited to the Inaugural Ball, an honor that the working-class parents of eight had to decline because travel to Washington was far too expensive, but the invitation is a family treasure.
In 1962, Dan’s father was elected to office and he won elections over the next 35 years. Dan’s older brother, John, served as a state representative in the Wisconsin Legislature for 16 years and for seven years as mayor of La Crosse. He finished his political career working for U.S. Senators from Wisconsin Herb Kohl and Tammy Baldwin.
Dan earned an undergraduate degree in 1973 from UW-La Crosse with a double major in Political Science and English and a minor in History. He was selected to represent the student body in English Department staff meetings. In Political Science, he participated as a fellow for the Institute for the Study of the Presidency and went as an exchange student to the Soviet Union in 1971.
Learning, earning, and living
Dan understands what it means to work hard for an education. After attending parochial schools in Wisconsin, he worked his way through state college sometimes holding three part-time jobs to pay for his education.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree, he enrolled in Marquette University in Milwaukee earning a master’s degree in journalism, the first member of his family to receive a post-graduate degree.
In 1972, he married Patti. They have two children – Jessica and Jason. Jessica and her husband, Kevin, have three children (Madelyn, Abigail and Sophia) and live in Catonsville. Jason, who serves as an attorney in Baltimore City, and his wife, Kelly, live in Towson with their son, Michael.
Dan and Patti are blessed that the children and grandchildren live nearby in Maryland.
In 1975, Dan started a distinguished career in newspapers and communications. As a journalist, he reported from four continents and across the U.S. He earned numerous personal awards for writing, photography and editing. His publications were also consistent winners received from his peers.
Dan’s newspaper and communications career led him to Maryland and he chose to make it his home state. He and his family moved to Maryland in 1986 and they all continue to call the state home.
For 24 years, Dan served as editor and associate publisher of The Catholic Review newspaper for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the largest weekly newspaper in Maryland. He also served as CEO of the Cathedral Foundation, which produced several publications, including the pope’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, a book-publishing firm, Cathedral Press, and a print shop and a full-service advertising agency. Dan’s entrepreneurial spirit was a driving force behind building a successful communications company.
In 2009 Dan and his wife Patti started their own business, Advertising Media Plus (AMPs), in Howard County. AMPs provides communications, media and development support for many private firms, non-profits, schools and organizations. With a growing staff and a global list of clients, Dan knows how to create jobs, provide quality services and products that include fair prices and just wages and benefits.
As a member of the board of directors of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, AMPs and the Medinger’s are active in the business community.
Serving as a Leader in Maryland
In 2016, Dan was selected to be part of the Leadership Howard County Premier Program. As a graduate of this program, Dan had an opportunity to meet and learn from other leaders in the community. Leadership Howard County inspired Dan to expand his service to the broader interests of the community. Through interactions with decision makers and industry experts, he developed an in depth working knowledge of Howard County across all sectors, especially the diversity of perspectives throughout the community.
Dan’s public service on boards is significant and reflects his wide range of interests. These include: Community Foundation of Howard County, Rebuilding Together Howard County, Operating Budget Review Committee for Howard County Public Schools, Howard County Chamber of Commerce and the Rural Maryland Council. He has also served associations and non-profit groups, including the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, the Advertising Association of Baltimore, Concert Artists of Baltimore, National Catholic Community Foundation, and many others. Dan and Patti are also active members of St. Paul’s Church in Ellicott City where Dan serves as a Eucharistic minister and lector.
Dan has been active in Howard County and Maryland and raised his family here. Dan chose to live and work in Maryland, and is committed to preserving the quality of life and opportunities that brought him and his family here; and to help move Maryland Onward and Upward.