Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Nathaniel J. McFadden
MSA SC 3520-12172


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1946. Attended Baltimore City College; Morgan State College, B.A. (geography & history education), 1968, M.S. (history & social sciences), 1972.  Married; three children.

General Assembly:
Maryland State Senate, Baltimore City, 1995-present. President Pro Tem, 2007-. Majority Leader, 2003-07. Senate Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2008- (member, 1995-). Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1995- (public safety, transportation, economic development & natural resources subcommittee, 1995-99; education, business & administration subcommittee, 2000-07; health, education & human resources subcommittee, 2008-; vice-chair, capital budget subcommittee, 2007-, member, 2003-; vice-chair, pensions subcommittee, 2008-, member, 1995-);  Executive Nominations Committee, 2001-; Joint Audit Committee, 2001- (senate chair, 2001-07); Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2002-; Legislative Policy Committee, 2003- (management subcommittee, 2003-07); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2003-; Spending Affordability Committee, 2003-; Rules Committee, 2007- (vice-chair, 2003-06). Member, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1995-2003; Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1995-2006; Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1995-2006; Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 1996-2003; Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02; Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-06; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002, 2003, 2007; Special Commission on Legislative Prayer, 2003. Chair, Baltimore City Delegation, 1997-. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1995- (1st vice-chair, 1998-2000; 2nd vice-chair, 2000-02; member, historically black colleges & universities committee, 2001-; chair, labor committee, 2000; member, state budget committee, 2000). Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (budgets & revenue committee, 2007-; education committee).

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, City Council, Baltimore City, 2nd District, 1982-87. Member, Police Community Relations Council, Eastern District, 1982-; Off-Street Parking Commission, Baltimore City, 1983-87; Jail Industries Advisory Board, Baltimore City Jail, 1984-88; Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Baltimore City, 1994-. Member, Governor's Task Force on African-American Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, 1996-99; Task Force on Charitable Giving (Maryland Gives!), 1996-2001; Small Business Development Center Network Advisory Board, 1997; Privatization Advisory Panel, Mass Transit Administration, 1997-98; Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1998; Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998-99; Study Panel to Review Economic Development Financing Programs, 1999. Vice-Chair, Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland, 1999. Member, Joseph Fund Board, 1999-2001; Juvenile Offender Aftercare Assessment Team, 1999-2000; State Use Industries Management Council, 1999-; Task Force to Study the Maryland Enterprise Zone Program, 2000; Council on Management and Productivity, 2000- (work group for reorganization options (dhmh), 2002-); Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of Slavery's History and Legacy in Maryland, 2000-; Baltimore Region Rail System Plan Advisory Committee, 2001-02. Co-Chair, Study Panel on Funding Needs of Trauma Centers, 2001-03. Member, Advisory Council on Offender Employment Coordination, 2001-04; State Council on Cancer Control, 2001-; Task Force to Study Public School Facilities, 2002-04; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2002-05; Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2004-08; Advisory Committee on the Naming of State Facilities, Roads, and Bridges, 2005-; Task Force on Minority Participation in the Environmental Community, 2006-07; Task Force to Study Raising the Compulsory Public School Attendance Age to 18, 2006-07.

Educator. Teacher, Dunbar High School, 1968-75. Head, Social Sciences Department, Lombard Junior High School, 1975-82. Principal, Dunbar Adult Evening School, 1979-82. Coordinator of Community Affairs, Sojourner-Douglass College, 1985-88. Head, Social Studies Department, Southwestern Senior High School, 1987-88. Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Program, Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School, Baltimore, 1988-94. Work-Based Learning Manager, Baltimore Academies, Baltimore City Public Schools, 1997-98. Facilitator, Lake Clifton/Eastern Senior High School, 1998-. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1970-. Board of Directors, East Baltimore Community Corporation, 1971-. Member, Urban League, 1982- (african-american men's leadership group, 1983-87); Lakewood Chase Improvement Association, 1982-; Eastside Neighborhood Association, 1983-. Board of Overseers, Baltimore Polytechnic High School, 1984-87; Advisory Committee, National Youth Sports Program, The Johns Hopkins University, 1984-87. Board of Directors, Helping Unite Baltimore (HUB), 1985-87. Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins Medical Plan, 1985-87. Chair, Urban Services Agency, 1985-88. Member, Advisory Committee, Department of Secondary Education, Morgan State University, 1985-. Board of Directors, RAISE, Inc., 1994-97. Member, Committee of 100 Associated Black Charities, 1994-; Advisory Board, Youth Fair Chance, 1994-. Board of Directors, 1 to 1: The Baltimore Mentoring Partnership, 1997. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008. Member, Baltimore Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; 100 Black Men of Maryland, Inc.; King David Lodge 18, Prince Hall Free Masons; Eastside Democratic Organization. Member, Southern Baptist Church. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2002.

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