Member of Senate, January 12, 1983 to January 10, 2007. Chair, Rules Committee, 2003-07. Vice-Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1995-2007. Member, Executive Nominations Committee, 1987-2007; Legislative Policy Committee, 1994-2007. Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1983-85; Spending Affordability Committee, 1984-2003; Tort and Insurance Reform Oversight Committee, 1991-93; Joint Transportation Financing Committee (Transportation 2000), 1994; Joint Committee to Study Mandates on Local Government, 1995-97; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 1996, 2002, 2003; Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-07; Senate Special Commission on Electric Utility Deregulation Implementation, 2005-06. Member, Transportation Oversight Committee, Prince George's County Delegation (past chair, vice-chair, Prince George's County Delegation). Member, Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-07; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-07. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (law & criminal justice committee).
Mayor of Bowie, 1968-72. Member, Joint Legislative and Executive Committee on Pensions, 1983; Governor's Employment and Training Council, 1983-92; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact Review Committee, 1985-90; Solid Waste Disposal Task Force, 1987-88; Governor's Energy Task Force, 1991-93; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 1992-2005; U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Study Task Force, 1994-96; Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform of Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, 1995-97; Southern States Energy Board, 1995-2003; Foster Care Review Board Task Force, 1997; Study Group on Organizational, Commemorative and Personalized License Plate Programs, Department of Transportation, 1997-98; Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, 1998-2001; Task Force to Conquer Cancer in Maryland, 1999; Council on Jury Use and Management, 1999-2000; Business and Technology Division Task Force, 2000; State Advisory Board for Juvenile Justice, 2000-07; Anti-Terrorism Work Group, 2001-02; Advisory Board, Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, 2001-12; Drug Treatment Court Commission, 2002-06. Past chair, Board of Visitors, Bowie State University. Past vice-chair, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Past member, Board of Trustees of the State Universities and Colleges.
Mount St. Mary's College, B.S. (economics); Georgetown University School of Law, LL.B., J.D. Served in U.S. Army, 1954-56. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1972. Attorney. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (section of senior lawyers); District of Columbia Bar Association. Delegate and secretary, Maryland delegation, Democratic Party National Convention, 1976. Director, Patuxent District, Boy Scouts of America. Trustee, Prince George's United Way. Board of Directors, Villa Rosa Home. President, Associated Catholic Charities. Past general counsel, Eastern U.S. Postal Region. Member, American Legion; Knights of Columbus; Lions; Elks. Distinguished Alumni Award, Mount St. Mary's College, 1979. Statesman Award, Maryland Co-op Law Coalition. Griffin Community Service Award, Maryland Knights of Columbus. Distinguished service awards, Mental Health Association, Fire Fighters Association, and Maryland Recreation Parks Association. Purple Heart Order. Legacy of Excellence Award, Bowie State University. Outstanding Legislator, Prince George's and Maryland Municipal Leagues. Champion of Children Award, Foster Care Review Board, Prince George's County, 1996. Legislator of the Year, Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 1996. Legislator of the Year, Prince George's County Municipal Association, 1997. Distinguished Public Service Award, American Lung Association, 1998. Leadership and Outstanding Service Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 1998, 2001. Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 1998, 2006. Distinguished Service Award, Maryland Municipal League, 1999. Married; eight children, twenty-four grandchildren.
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