Member of Senate, 1988-98, representing Baltimore City District 44 (1992-98) and Baltimore City District 39 (1988-92). Expelled from Senate, January 16, 1998. Chair, Executive Nominations Committee, 1995-98. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1988-90; Special Joint Committee on Energy Pricing, 1990-91; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1990-98; Finance Committee, 1991-98 (chair, health subcommittee); Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 1993-98; Joint Oversight Committee on State Employees Health Insurance, 1994; Joint Audit Committee (formerly Joint Budget and Audit Committee), 1995-98; Joint Legislative Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donations, 1997. Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1996-98. National Black Caucus of State Legislators Secretariat (chair, health committee, 1979-90). Suspended from Senate on January 16, 1998 (Senate Resolution no. 2, Acts of 1998).
Member, Maryland Committee for Children and Youth, 1969-72; Governor's Task Force on Hazardous Waste Initiatives, 1984. Chair, Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, 1986-88. Member, State Council on Cancer Control, 1991-93; State Advisory Council on Hereditary and Congenital Disorders, 1992-98; Governor's Task Force on Community Health Networks, 1994-95; State Commission on Neighborhoods, 1994-96. Co-Chair, Governor's Commission on Summer Youth Employment, 1996. Member, Task Force to Study Patient and Provider Appeal and Grievance Mechanisms, 1996; Governor's Task Force on African-American Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, 1996; Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 1996-98; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, November 25, 1949. Attended Baltimore public schools; University of Maryland. Chief executive officer, small consulting firm. Board Chair, Citizens Democratic Action Organization, 1976-; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Weekly radio host, Senator's Talk, heard on WOLB (1010 AM), 1996-. Columnist, Baltimore Times. Past columnist, Afro-American. President, Center for Urban Environmental Studies, Inc., 1978-83. Founder and Board Chair, National Black Health Study Group, 1990-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1996. Honor Roll Award, Afro-American, 1971. Annual Award, NAEE, 1976. Statesman Award, Baltimore Baptist Ministers' Conference, 1977. Public Service Award, MPIRG, 1978. Co-Chair, Revival Crusade, 1992.
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