Member of Senate, January 9, 1991 to January 10, 2007. Member, Finance Committee, 1991-2007 (unemployment insurance benefits-adjustment work group, 1999-2000; division of labor & industry sunset evaluation work group, 2003); Special Joint Committee on Energy Pricing, 1991; Special Joint Committee on Economic Development Strategy, 1991; Joint Expenditure Study Group on Law Enforcement and Transportation, 1991; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1991-2003; Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 1992-98; Joint Oversight Committee on State Employees Health Insurance, 1994; Joint Committee on State Economic Development Initiatives, 1995-96; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1995-2007; Joint Audit Committee, (formerly Joint Budget and Audit Committee), 1995-2007; Legislative Policy Committee, 1997-2007; Special Committee on Gaming, 2001; Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2002; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002; Special Commission on Legislative Prayer, 2003; Rules Committee, 2003-07; Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee, 2003-07; Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-07. Senate Chair, Western Maryland Delegation, 1995-2007. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-07 (senate vice-chair); Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-07; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-07. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (labor & workforce development committee).
Member, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, 1991-2007; State Commission on Neighborhoods, 1994-96; Task Force on Maryland's Dairy Industry, 1995-97; Task Force to Examine the State's Cemetery and Funeral Industry, 1996; Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 1996-2007; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Commission to Study Ways to Improve the Financial Viability of the Racing Industry, 1997-99; Governor's Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland, 1997-2002; Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force, 1998-2002; Task Force on the South Mountain Battlefield Historic Tourism Initiative, 1999-2000; Task Force to Study the Modernization of Credit Union Law, 1999-2001; State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 1999-2007; Maryland Competitive Advantage Financing Fund Work Group, 2000; Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, 2000-07; Youth Centers Advisory Board, Department of Juvenile Services, 2002-07; Southern States Energy Board, 2003-07.
Born in Frostburg, Maryland, February 25, 1932. Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S. (economics), 1954; Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, 1958. Medic, U.S. Army. Funeral director. Member, Maryland Farm Bureau; Allegany County Farm Bureau; Cumberland Chamber of Commerce. Mason Lodge, Scottish Rite 32nd degree, Tall Cedar of Lebanon, Past Potentate, Ali Ghan Shrine Temple; Past Grand Tall Cedar. Member, Fraternal Order of Police; Farrady American Legion Post; Cumberland B.P.O. Elks; Cumberland Moose. Past chair, Salvation Army and American Cancer Crusade. Board member, Salvation Army; Cumberland Youth Center. Married; four children.
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