Archives of Maryland
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Rudolph C. Cane
MSA SC 3520-2769


Born in Marion, Maryland, May 23, 1934.  Attended Carter G. Woodson High School; Maryland State College; Coppin State College.  Married; two children.

General Assembly:
Member of House of Delegates, District 37A, Dorchester & Wicomico Counties, January 13, 1999-January 14, 2015. Democrat. Assistant Speaker Pro Tem, 2013-15. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1999-15 (environmental & natural resources subcommittee, 1999; agriculture, environment & natural resources subcommittee, 1999-2003; public utilities subcommittee, 1999-2003; ethics subcommittee, 2003-04; public & private fundraising for the chesapeake bay work group, 2004; environment subcommittee, 2005-06; housing & real property subcommittee, 2006-07; natural resources subcommittee, 2006-15; land use & ethics subcommittee, 2007-10; local government & bi-county agencies subcommittee, 2011-15; chair, agriculture, agriculture preservation & open space subcommittee, 2003-15). House Chair, Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2003-15. Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2007-15; House Emergency Medical Services Work Group, 2009-15. Deputy Majority Whip, 2001-02. Member, Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007. Vice-Chair, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-12. Member, Work Group to Review Disclosure Requirements of the Public Ethics Law, 2012-13. House Chair, Wicomico County Delegation, 2003-15. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1999-15 (chair, membership committee, 2000-15; co-chair, redistricting committee, 2000; member, health care committee, 2000-15, historically black colleges & universities committee, 2001-15; chaplain, 2002-06; chair, 2004-06; parliamentarian, 2008-11; secretary, 2011-15). Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-15; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-15; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2006-15. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (agriculture & rural development committee, 2005-07; agriculture, environment & energy committee, 2007-08; agriculture & energy committee, 2008-15; environment committee, 2008-15).

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, Board of Zoning Appeals, Wicomico County, 1980-1990. Member, County Council, Wicomico County, District 1, 1990-94. Member, Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1970-2002; Citizen's Advisory Board for Holly Center, 1976-98; Chancellor's Advisory Committee, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1977-80; Delmarva Advisory Council, 1980-98; Maryland Rural Development Corporation, 1987-98. Chair, Shore Erosion Task Force, 1999-2000. Member, Governor's Task Force on Eastern Shore Economic Development, 1999-2001; Governor's Fatherhood Advisory Council, 2000-01. Chair, Task Force to Study Health Care Needs of Inmates in Transition from Correctional Institutions, 2000-02. Member, Commission on Responsible Fatherhood, 2001-02; Mid-Shore Regional Council, 2001-; Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, 2001-; Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2002-04 (seafood industry work group); Chesapeake Forest Citizens Advisory Committee, 2002-05; Poultry Issues Action Team, 2003; Task Force to Study the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2003-05; Aquaculture Advisory Committee, 2003-05. Member, Agricultural and Rural Policy Task Force, Council of State Governments, 2005-; Task Force on Minority Participation in the Environmental Community, 2006-07. Co-Chair, Incentives for Agriculture Task Force, 2006-07. Member, Eastern Shore Task Force on Foster Care, 2007-08; Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, 2008-10; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-. 

Radar Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1952-55. Vice-President, Cane's Rentals, 1955-. Evaluation Engineer, Bureau of Materials and Research, 1957-68, and Director of Administration, Eastern Regional Laboratory, 1968-84, State Highway Administration. Administrator, Community and Housing Development, Shore Up, Inc., 1984-. Member, Maryland Association of Engineers, 1963-84. Coordinator of Special Projects, 1968, and Vice-President, 1969, Maryland State Conference of Branches, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Member, Lower Eastern Camp Committee/Cooperative Area Manpower Planning System, 1975-77. Chair, New Directions for Political and Social Change, 1977; Board of Directors, Shore Up, Inc., 1978-83. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Member, Queen City Lodge 1051, Elks; Lamech Lodge 30, Prince Hall Affiliated Free and Ancient Masons; American Legion Post 145; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10159. Award for Outstanding Work in Wicomico County, NAACP, 1974. Governor's Citation for Service, 1977. Outstanding Citizen Award for community service in field of human rights, Kappa Alpha Psi, Salisbury State University, 1977. Outstanding Rural Legislator Award, Rural Maryland Council, 2004. Legislative Leadership Award, Community Action Partnership, 2005. Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Founder's Award, House of Delegates, 2011. Member, Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

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