Archives of Maryland
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James Clark, Jr. (1918-2006)
MSA SC 3520-1617


Born in Ellicott City, Maryland, December 19, 1918.  Son of James and Alda (Hopkins) Clark.  Attended Ellicott City public schools; Iowa State University, B.S. (animal husbandry), 1941.  Married Lillian Hawkins, 1946; four children.  Died August 18, 2006, Ellicott City, Maryland.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Howard County, 1959-62.  Senate, Howard County, 1963-66, District 3C, 1967-74, District 14, 1975-86.  Chair, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, 1963-66.  Chair, Executive Nominations Committee, 1967-71.  Vice-chair, Finance Committee, 1971-75; chair, 1975-78.  Member, Legislative Council (now Legislative Policy Committee), 1971-86.  President of the Senate, 1979-83.  Appointed by President Carter as a member of the President's Commission on Pension Policy.  Chair, The National Balance the Budget Amendment Committee.  Member, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee; Executive Nominations Committee; Special Joint Committee on Pensions.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Farmer.  Served in U.S. Air Force, 1941-1945; 442nd Troop Carrier Group, 303rd Squadron.  Howard County Soil Conservation District Supervisor.  First vice-president, Constitutional Convention of Maryland, 1967-68.  Chair, Program Open Space Allocation Committee, Department of Natural Resources, 1991-92.  Board member and past president, Howard County Fair Association. Founding member, Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club.  Member, Maryland Heritage Committee; Golden Age Card Task Force; Maryland Environmental Trust.  Honorary member and former president, Howard County Historical Society.  Member Rotary; VFW.  First Citizen Award, 1994.  Author, Jim Clark:  Soldier, Farmer, Legislator.  A Memoir.  Baltimore:  Gateway Press, 1999.  Recipient, Thomas Kennedy Award, 2006.

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