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Born in Whiteville, North Carolina. Attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State College, B.S. (social studies & history), 1959; The American University, M.A. (education), 1968. Married; two sons, two grandchildren.
Member, Maryland State Senate, District 25, Prince George's County, January 11, 1995-present. Democrat. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1995- (chair, 2002-10; member, capital budget subcommittee, 1995-; education, business & administration subcommittee, 2000, 2011-; pensions subcommittee, 2000-12; chair, public safety, transportation & environment subcommittee, 2001-02). Member, Executive Nominations Committee, 2015-; Legislative Policy Committee, 2002-12, 2015- (management subcommittee, 2002-12). Member, Joint Committee to Study Mandates on Local Government, 1995-97. Assistant Deputy Majority Whip, 1996-98. Member, Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 1996-2000. Senate Chair, Joint Audit Committee, 1997-2000. Chair, Rules Committee, 1999-2000 (member, 2003-12). Deputy Majority Whip, 1999-2002. Member, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1999-2006; Joint Technology Oversight Committee, 2000-08, 2009. Co-Chair, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001. Member, Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02; Spending Affordability Committee, 2001-12 (chair, 2007-10); Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002, 2003, 2007. Chair, Special Commission on Legislative Prayer, 2003. Member, Executive Nominations Committee, 2003-12; Joint Audit Committee, 2003-12; Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004; Senate Special Commission on Electric Utility Deregulation Implementation, 2005-06; Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-06; Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-07; Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 2007-12 (senate chair, 1995-2000); Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships, 2009-12; Joint Information Technology and Biotechnology Committee, 2009-12. Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 1997-2000. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1995- (vice-chair, redistricting committee, 2001-; co-chair, education committee, 2000); Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (budgets & revenue committee, 2005-10; human services & welfare committee, 2010-); Southern Legislative Conference (fiscal affairs & government operations committee, 2008-).
Member, House of Delegates, District 25, Prince George's County, January 1987 to January 11, 1995. Democrat. Majority Whip. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1987-89; Appropriations Committee, 1990-94 (vice-chair, human resources & public safety subcommittee); Legislative Policy Committee, 1991-94; Joint Budget and Audit Committee, 1991-94; Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1991-94; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1992-94.
Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, Governor's Commission on Black Males, 1990-96; Task Force on Education Funding in Prince George's County, 1995-96; Task Force on Law Enforcement of Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1995-96; Child Care Administration Advisory Council, 1995-98; Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 1995-2004; Task Force on the Loss of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Legal Immigrants in Maryland, 1996-97; Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998-99. Chair, Task Force to Study School Construction Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship Programs, 1998-99. Member, Maryland Child-Care Business Partnership, 1998-2000; Commission on Transportation Investment, 1999; Transit Policy Panel, 2000. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Prince George's County Transfer Tax Rate, 2000-01. Member, Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2000-03; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2001-08; Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03; Prince George's Hospital System Improvement Task Force, 2002-03; Task Force to Study the Maryland Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, 2003; Transportation Task Force, 2003; National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, 2003-12. Member, Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland, 2004-05 (subcommittee on global best-practices in education); Auto Insurance Task Force to Study Rates in Urban Areas, 2005; Interagency Steering Committee for Managing for Results, 2005-; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2005-; Task Force on Minority Participation in the Environmental Community, 2006-07; Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education, 2006-09. Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George's County, 2008-09. Member, College Success Task Force, P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2009-10. Member, Canada-U.S. Relations Committee, Eastern Regional Conference, Council of State Governments.
Served in U.S. Army, 1960-63. Former school principal. Educator, Prince George's County, over 30 years (former teacher; former supervisor, head start program). Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1996, 2000. Board of Directors, Capital Area Food Bank, 2007-. Charter member, Coalition for Handicapped Children. Member, Association of School-Based Administrators and Supervisors of Prince George's County, Maryland; Mental Health Association of Prince George's County, Inc. Board member, First Generation College Bound. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008, 2009. First Citizen Award, 2015.
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