Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Michael J. Collins
MSA SC 3520-12146


Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1940.  Scranton Central High School; University of Scranton, B.S., 1962; The Johns Hopkins University, M.L.A., 1966; Essex Community College; Loyola College.

General Assembly:
Member of Senate, December 1986 to June 30, 2002, representing District 6 (Baltimore & Harford Counties). Resigned June 30, 2002. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (formerly Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee), 1986-2002 (environment subcommittee; chair, education subcommittee, 1995-2002; chair, ad hoc subcommittee on ethics & election laws, 1997-2001). Member, Joint Work Group on Community College Financing, 1994-95; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1994-2000. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995-2002. Member, Special Study Commission on the Maryland Public Ethics Law, 1998; Joint Committee on the Port of Baltimore, 2000-02; Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02. Co-Chair, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001-02. Chair, Baltimore County Delegation, 1995-2002.

Member, House of Delegates, 1978-86, representing District 7 (Baltimore County). Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1978-86.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, Controlled Hazardous Substances Task Force, 1992-94; Task Force to Review the State's Election Law, 1995; Commission on Aging, 1995-2002; Task Force on Educational Assistants and Paraprofessionals in the Public Schools of Maryland, 1996; Task Force on National Association of Stock-Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Motor Sports, 1996-97; Commission to Revise the Election Code, 1997; Task Force on Multiracial Designations, 1997. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth in Maryland, 1997-98. Member, Maryland School Performance Assessment Program Review Panel, 1997-2002; Governor's Special Commission to Study Health-Care Procurement Practices, 1998-99; Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999; Task Force to Study Alternative Educational Programs for Chronically Disruptive Students, 1999-2000; Study Commission on Lobbyist Ethics, 1999-2000; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2002; Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election Procedures in Maryland, 2000-01; Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on the Financing of Early Child Care and Education, 2000-01; Commission on Funding and Services for Gifted and Talented Student Education in Maryland, 2000-01. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Repealing the Disenfranchisement of Convicted Felons in Maryland, 2001. Member, Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2000-02; Innovations in Aging Services Advisory Council, 2001-02; Task Force to Study Lighting Efficiency and Light Pollution in Maryland, 2001-02; Task Force on Upgrading Sewerage Systems, 2001-02. Chair, Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, 2010- (member, 2002-).

Educator. Member, Essex Development Corporation; Essex-Middle River Chamber of Commerce; Bird River Democratic and Civic Club; Riverside Democratic Club; Middle River Democratic and Civic Club; Bengies-Chase Democratic Club; 15th District Democratic Club; Deep Creek Democratic Club and Civic Association; Knights of Columbus Council 2452. Outstanding Contributions to Education Award, Teachers Association of Baltimore County, 1975; Man of the Year, Essex Community College, 1985; Elected Official of the Year, Young Democrats, 1986; Legislator of the Year, Maryland Psychological Association, 1988; Walter G. Wells Award for Outstanding Contributions to Preserving the Environment, Potomac Chapter, Sierra Club, 1988. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 1994. Member, St. Clare's Parish Council (past president); Holy Name Society.

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