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He began his legal career after the end of his service in World War
II. He soon formed a partnership with Stan Franklin and they later
established the law firm. of Mandel, Gilbert, Rocklin and Franklin.
Mandel remained a member of this firm until he was elected Governor.
His political career began in 1950 when he served as a Justice of the
Peace in Baltimore City. He was also a member of the Governor's
Commission on the Municipal Court for Baltimore City.
In 1951, his friend, City Councilman Samuel Friedel (Congressman
since 1954 to the present) asked him to run for the Democratic State
Central Committee. He agreed to run as a favor to Councilman
Friedel. His election win began an unbroken string of victories extend-
ing to the present.
In January of 1962, he was selected by the Democratic State Central
Committee to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates from Baltimore
City's Fifth District. In 1954, with the support of Baltimore City's
Mayor, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., he was elected Chairman of the
City's legislative delegation.
He was elected to the House of Delegates in the general election of
1954, and was re-elected in 1958, 1962 and 1966. He soon became
Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. In 1958,
his committee investigated the office of the Baltimore City Police
Commissioner. In 1963, he was elected Speaker of the House of Dele-
gates and was re-elected every year until he became Governor.
Governor Mandel's leadership in the Genera] Assembly was often
described as "quiet and cautious." He received national recognition for
his legislative leadership and was a member of the 10-man Executive
Committee of the National Conference of State Legislative Leaders.
As Speaker of the House, he commissioned the Eagleton Institute
of Political Science, of Rutgers University, to study ways of modern-
izing the General Assembly. Afterwards he implemented the bulk of
the Institute's recommendations, making Maryland one of the states
leading in the reform and modernization of state legislatures.
In July of 1988, he helped organize a National Committee of State
Legislators behind the presidential candidacy of Hubert Humphrey.
Earlier that year, he was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party's
State Central Committee.
The Governor was married June 8, 1941, to the former Barbara
Oberfeld of Baltimore, and they have two children. Gary, 26, is mar-
ried and was graduated from the University of Baltimore School of
Law. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1970, and then joined
the Baltimore law firm with which his father had been associated
before he became Governor. Their daughter, Barbara, 23, is a 1969
graduate of the University of Maryland. She was married in April
1971, to Jack Victor Kahn of New York. The Kahns now live in
Baltimore.
Until 1969, the Mandel family lived in Strathmore Park in the
Northwest section of Baltimore City.
His parents, the former Rebecca Cohen and Harry Mandel, were
both natives of Baltimore City, where his widowed mother still resides.
Governor Mandel's principal hobbies are sports and pipe collecting.
As a youth, he played baseball and was once offered a chance to pitch
in the old Eastern Shore League, but he decided to go to college
instead. He has played nearly every sport and still occasionally works
out at the U. S. Naval Academy Gymnasium.
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