Member of Senate, January 14, 1987 to January 10, 2007. Chair, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2003-07 (vice-chair, 1995-2002; member, 1987-2007; education subcommittee, 1995-2007; chair, health subcommittee, 1988-2007). Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 1995-2007 (member, 1992-2007). Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2003-07 (management subcommittee, 2003-07); Rules Committee, 2003-07. Member, Joint Committee on Health Care Cost Containment, 1987-92. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1988-90; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1991-94 (member, 1990-95, 1997-2003). Member, Special Joint Committee on Group Homes, 1995-97; Executive Nominations Committee, 1995-2003; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 1996. Senate Chair, Joint Legislative Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donations, 1997-98; Joint Committee on Protocol, 1999-2003. Majority Whip, 2000-02. Member, Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02; Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-07; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002, 2003; Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004. Senate Co-Chair, Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06. Member, Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-07; Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-07. Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1979-2007 (president, 1986-87). Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures, 1984-2007 (health committee; chair, science, technology and resource planning committee, 1984-85; chair, health committee, 1991-92; chair, women's network, 1993).
Member, House of Delegates, January 1979 to January 1987, representing District 12 (Baltimore County) and then District 11 (Baltimore County). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1979-87.
Member, Commission for Women, Baltimore County, 1977- (secretary, 1977-78). Member, Chancellor's Commission on Status of Women at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), 1979; Commission on Nursing Issues in Maryland, 1980-82; Licensed Practical Nurse Study Group, 1982-85; Task Force on Violence and Extremism, 1983-87; Task Force on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), 1985-87; Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, 1986-88; Governor's Task Force to Study the Crisis in Nursing, 1987-88; Governor's Advisory Council on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), 1987-91; Subcommittee on Long-Term Care, Governor's Commission on Health Care Policy and Financing, 1988-92; Maryland Greenways Commission, 1993-97; Task Force to Study Health Professional-Client Sexual Exploitation, 1994-96; Maryland Interagency Coordinating Council [for Infants and Toddlers Program], 1994-98. Co-Chair, Governor's Task Force on Assisted Living, 1995. Member, Task Force on Drug-Addicted Offenders, 1995-96; Sound Barrier Review Panel, 1995-96; Long-Term Managed Care Advisory Committee, 1996; Task Force on Multiracial Designations, 1997; Task Force to Study Uses of Methylphenidate and Other Drugs on School Children, 1997-99; Attorney General's Advisory Board on Ways that the Legal System Affects Care at the End of Life, 1997-99; Special Committee to Study Issues Related to Class-Size Reduction, 1998-99; State Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness, 1998-2007; Task Force on Quality of Care in Nursing Facilities, 1999; Women's Health Promotion Council, 1999-; Statewide Commission on the Crisis in Nursing, 2000-01. Co-Chair, Advisory Council on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, 2000-03. Member, Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, 2000-05; State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality, 2000-07; State Board of Spinal Cord Injury Research, 2001-04; State Advisory Council on Pain Management, 2002-04; Attainment Plan (federal air quality standards) Task Force, Department of the Environment, 2003-07; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2004-07; CommunityChoice Advisory Group, 2004-07; Task Force to Study Electronic Health Records, 2005-07.
Chair, Aging Work Group, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2006-07. Member, Work Group on Cultural Competency and Workforce Development for Mental Health Professionals, 2007-08.
Associate Director, Health Workforce, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2007-15.
Born in Washington, DC, December 30, 1940. Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, New York, R.N., 1961. Registered nurse. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1976, 2000. Member, Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, 1998-. Member, B'nai B'rith Women; NA'AMAT. Board of Directors, National Council of Jewish Women; Progress Unlimited, Inc.; Jewish Family Services, 1995-. Advisory Board, Medical Eye Bank of Maryland. Medical Advisory Board, Maryland Organ Procurement Center, Inc. Board of Trustees, Transplant Resource Center of Maryland, Inc., 1997-. Board of Trustees, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation, Inc., 2001-. Board of Trustees, The SEED School of Maryland, 2008-. Chair, United Seniors of Maryland. Murray Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Nursing. Public Policy Advocate of the Year, Alzheimer's Association, 1999. Assisted-Living Legislator of the Year, Maryland Assisted-Living Association, and Maryland Advocates for Assisted-Living Residents, 1999. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1999, 2001, 2003 (Circle of Excellence). Outstanding Service Award, Maryland Psychological Association, 2000. Presidential Award of Recognition, Maryland Occupational Therapy Association, 2001. Career Achievement Award, Nurse Practitioner Association, 2001. Pacesetter Award, National Women Legislators Lobby, 2001. Legislator of the Year, Mental Health Association of Maryland, 2001. Jessie M. Scott Award for Leadership in Health Policy, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 2002. Legislator of the Year, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2004. Public Policy Maker of the Year, Washington Psychiatric Society, 2005. Citation, Maryland Healthy Air Act Coalition, 2006. Member, Beth Am Synagogue. Married; three children, seven grandchildren.
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