Member of Senate, 1975 to January 8, 2003. Member, Economic Affairs Committee, 1975-82 (vice-chair, 1982-84); Executive Nominations Committee, 1976-2003. Vice-Chair, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1984-94. Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1984-2003; Member, Joint Committee on State Economic Development Initiatives, 1995-96. Senate Chair, Special Joint Committee on Group Homes, 1995-97. Member, Joint Audit Committee (formerly Joint Budget and Audit Committee), 1995-98; Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 1995-2003; Joint Legislative Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donations, 1997-98; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999. Chair, Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee, 1999-2003 (member, 1995-2003). Member, Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002. Acting Chair, Finance Committee, 2002 (vice-chair, 1995-2003; telephone solicitation work group, 1999; unemployment insurance benefits-adjustment work group, 1999-2000). Chair, Bicounty Delegation.
Member, House of Delegates, 1965-75, representing Prince George's County 1st District. Speaker Pro Tem, 1971-75. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1968-72; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1969-75; Legislative Council, 1971-75; Environmental Matters Committee, 1973-75. Chair, Bicounty Delegation, 1967-69. Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 1971-75.
Member, Southern Regional Education Board, 1971-2003 (executive board, 1975-2003, legislative advisory committee, 1971-75); Task Force to Study the Funding of Special Education, 1985-86; Governor's Commission on Excellence in Higher Education, 1985-87; Maryland Underground Storage Tank Task Force, 1989-91; Governor's Task Force on School Construction, 1992-93; Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 1992-2003; Governor's Task Force on Community Health Networks, 1994-95; Power Plant Research Advisory Committee, 1994-2003; Maryland Recycling Advisory Group, 1995-97; State Employees' Health Insurance Advisory Council, 1995-2003; Task Force on Emerging Medical and Surgical Treatments, 1996. Chair, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1996-2000 (member, 1985-2003). Member, Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Task Force on Privatization of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 1998-99; Oversight Committee on Administration of HealthChoice Program, 1999; Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999; Task Force to Study the Non-Group Health Insurance Market, 1999-2000; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes, 2000-03; Governor's Wellmobile Program Advisory Board, 2000-03; Crossroads Task Force, 2001-02; Study Panel on Funding Needs of Trauma Centers, 2001-02; Task Force to Evaluate the Development and Construction of a Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) Transportation System in Maryland Between Baltimore and the District of Columbia, 2002.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, October 21, 1926. Attended Brooklyn, New York, public schools. Served in U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army, World War II. George Washington University; Pennsylvania College of Optometry, O.D., 1953. Optometrist. Member, 21st District and Vansville District Democratic Clubs; Beltsville Citizens' Association; Beta Sigma Kappa; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Prince George's County Boys and Girls Clubs; Beltsville Swimming Club. Past president, Takoma-Langley Kiwanis Club. Member, national, State and local optometric associations. Past president, Vision Institute of America. Maryland Optometrist of the Year, 1967. National Optometrist of the Year, American Optometric Association, 1968. Member, Beth Torah Congregation, Hyattsville. Married; four children, nine grandchildren. Died in Charlottesville, Virginia, February 17, 2012.
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