Archives of Maryland
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Joan Carter Conway
MSA SC 3520-12413


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 5, 1951. Community College of Baltimore, A.A. (human services), 1987; University of Baltimore, B.A. (sociology), 1988. Married; one son; two grandchildren.

General Assembly:
Member of Senate, District 43 (Baltimore City) January 8, 1997-present (D). Chair, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2007-present (vice-chair, 2003-07; member, 1997-present; licensing & regulatory affairs subcommittee, 1999-2004; alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2003-10, 2012-; base realignment & closure (brac) subcommittee, 2007-10; education subcommittee, 2008-10; ehtics & election law subcommittee, 2011-present; chair, procurement subcommittee, 2005-06; co-chair, environment subcommittee, 2011-present, vice-chair, 2007-10, chair, 2003-06, member, 1997-present; chair, health subcommittee, 2007-10, member, 1997-10; chair, health occupations subcommittee, 2011-present; labor, licensing, & regulation subcommittee, 2011-present); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-present; Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-present; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2005-present; Legislative Policy Committee, 2007-present (management subcommittee, 2007-present); Executive Nominations Committee, 2008-present (vice-chair, 2001-03); Senate Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting, 2011-present. Member, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1998; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1998-2003; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003, 2007; Wetlands and Waterways Funding Work Group, 2004; Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06; Senate Special Commission on Electric Utility Deregulation Implementation, 2005-06; Joint Legislative Task Force on Universal Access to Quality and Affordable Health Care, 2005-07. Secretary, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1998-present (protocol committee, 2000-present, redistricting committee, 2000-present; co-chair, budget committee, 2000). Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1997-present (member, finance committee, 2001-present). Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (redistricting & elections committee, 2005-present; education committee, 2007-present); Southern Legislative Conference (education committee, 2008-present).

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, City Council, Baltimore City, District 3, 1995-97 (chair, budget & appropriations committee; vice-chair, land use committee). First African-American and woman to be elected as City Council Representative in the Third Councilmanic District. Member, Advisory Council on Environmental Justice, 1997-99; State Advisory Council on Hereditary and Congenital Disorders, 1997-99; Task Force on Public Charter Schools, 1998; Task Force to Study Increasing the Availability of Substance Abuse Programs, 1998-2001 (availability committee); Special Committee to Study Issues Related to Class-Size Reduction, 1999; Governor's Task Force on African-American Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, 1999-2002; Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election Procedures in Maryland, 2000-01; Task Force to Study Health Care Needs of Inmates in Transition from Correctional Institutions, 2000-02; Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing, 2000-05; Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, 2001-02; State Commission on Public Funding of Campaigns in Maryland, 2002-04; Governor's Council for Historically Underutilized Businesses, 2004-05; Auto Insurance Task Force to Study Rates in Urban Areas, 2005; Task Force on Universal Preschool Education, 2006-07; Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, 2006-10; Task Force on the Discipline of Health Care Professionals and Improved Patient Care, 2008-09. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Minority Business Enterprise Program and Equity Investment Capital, 2008-09, 2010-present. Member, Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland, 2008-present; College Success Task Force, P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2009-10; Maryland Council for New Americans, 2009-; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-present; Task Force to Study the Creation of a Maryland Center for School Safety, 2011-present.

Co-owner, CIG Professional Tax Services, Inc. Employed by Model Cities Program, 1970-76; Urban Services Agency, 1976-93. Director, Helping Unite Baltimore (HUB) #13, Department of Housing and Community Development, Baltimore City, 1993-94. Program Director, Stability, Uniqueness, Renewal and Elevation (SURE), the Jentry McDonald Corporation, 1994-95. Member, Women for Responsive Government, 1995. Board member, Harford-Bel Air Community Mental Health Center, 1996. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Solicitor's award, United Way of Central Maryland, 1982. Award for outstanding community services, Urban Services Agency, 1985. Mayor's citation, Baltimore City, 1990. Community service day award, Governor William Donald Schaefer, 1993. Leadership and participation award, City of Baltimore, 1993. Best Politician Award, City Paper, 1996. Outstanding Professional Achievement, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 1997. Legislative Service Award, National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, 1998. Verda F. Welcome Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 1998. Outstanding Service Award, U.S. Coast Guard, 1999. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2000, 2010. Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008. Member, Israel Baptist Church. Recipient, First Citizen Award, 2012.

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