Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Obie Patterson
MSA SC 3520-12289


Born in Lancaster, South Carolina, March 2, 1938.  Attended Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, B.S., biology, 1965; University of Florida, M.A., public administration, 1971.  Three children.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Legislative District 26 (D), Prince George's County, 1995-2007.  Assistant Majority Leader, 2006-07. Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1995-98 (vice-chair, transportation subcommittee, 1995-98); Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997; Ways and Means Committee, 1999-2007 (education subcommittee, 1999-2000; tax & revenue subcommittee, 2001-03; chair, election law subcommittee, 2003-07); Joint Committee on Protocol, 1999-2007; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003. Deputy Majority Whip, 2003-05. Member, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2003-07; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2004-07. Chair, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 1999-2007. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1995-2007 (treasurer, 1998-2002; chair, 2002-04).

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, County Council, Prince George's County, representing District 8, since Dec. 6, 2010 (vice-chair, Dec. 4, 2012 to Dec. 3, 2013). Chair, Health, Education and Human Services, 2013-14. Member, Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee, 2011- (chair, 2011-12; vice-chair, 2012). Member, Transportation, Housing and the Environment Committee, 2011-12. Vice-Chair, Rules and General Assembly Committee, 2012. Chair, Public Safety and Fiscal Management Committee, 2014- (member, 2011-12). Member, Board of Health, Prince George’s County, 2010-. Board of Directors, Economic Development Corporation, Prince George's County, 2013-14.

Member, U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Study Task Force, 1994-96; Task Force on Personal Care, 1996-97; Task Force on Multiracial Designations, 1997. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Prince George's County Transfer Tax Rate, 2000-01. Member, Metropolitan Development Policy Committee, 2000-07, and Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee, 2012-, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Auto Insurance Task Force to Study Rates in Urban Areas, 2005; Maryland Parole Commission, 2008-10.  Member, Housing Commission, Gainesville, Florida, 1970.

Former research biologist, management analyst, equal employment opportunity specialist, and program analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Board of Trustees, Johnson C. Smith University, 1994-. Polemarch, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., 1993-94. Member, Pi Sigma National Honor Society. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Member, Roscoe C. Cartwright Prince Hall Masons, Lodge #129. President, Apple Grove-Squire Woods Civic Association, 1993-94. Board of Directors, Prince George's Volunteer Action Center. Chair, Prince George's County African-American Democratic Club. Board of Trustees, Johnson C. Smith University (chair, student affairs committee). Past president, National Alumni Association, Johnson C. Smith University. Former adjunct faculty, Bowie State University and Prince George's Community College. Award, United Negro College Fund. Award for Outstanding Service in Politics, Prince George's County Educators' Association, 1999. Board of Trustees, Fort Foote Baptist Church, Fort Washington.

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