Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Decatur W. "Bucky" Trotter (1932-2004)
MSA SC 3520-12137


Born in Washington, D.C., January 8, 1932.  Attended Washington, D.C., public schools; Virginia State University, B.S., 1956.  Married; two daughters. Died May 3, 2004, in Baltimore, Maryland.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Prince George's County, 1975-79.  Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1975-79.  Senate, 1983-99.  Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1983-92; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1984-99.  Chair, Legislative Black Caucus, 1986-88.  Member, Special Joint Committee on the Medical Assistance Program, 1988-92; Joint Expenditure Study Group on Education and Human Resources, 1991; Finance Committee, 1993-99; Welfare Reform Subcommittee.  Chair, Rules Committee, 1995-99; Legislative Policy Committee, 1995-99; Joint Audit Committee (formerly Joint Committee on Budget and Audit), 1995-99; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995-99; Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 1996-99; Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997.  Senate chair, Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 1997-99.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Director, Trotter-Speights & Associates, business consultants. Vice-President for New Development, American Capital Partners, Landover, Maryland. Former adult rehabilitation director for Bureau of Rehabilitation. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988, 1996. Former member, Maryland Municipal League. Served in U.S. Army, 1950-52. Member, Town Council, Town of Glenarden, 1961-68. Mayor of Glenarden, 1970-74. Judge, Orphans' Court, Prince George's County, 1982-83. Member, Task Force on Infrastructure Financing, 1985-86; Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, 1986-88; Project Advisory Council, Children and Family Services Reform Initiative, 1989-96; Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, 1990-95; State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, 1990-95; Governor's Task Force on the Fair Imposition of Capital Punishment in Maryland, 1996; Task Force to Examine the State's Cemetery and Funeral Industry, 1996; Boot Camp Independent Assessment Team, 1999; Maryland Municipal League; Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997-date unknown; Commission to Study the Feasibility of Hosting the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Championship in Prince George's County, 1997-unknown. Chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 2001-02 (member, 1999-2004; vice-chair, 2000-01). Chair, Washington Suburban Transit Commission, 2004 (member, 1999-2004). Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988, 1996.

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