Member of Senate, January 13, 1999 to January 12, 2011. Member, Finance Committee, 1999-2011 (telephone solicitation work group, 1999; welfare reform subcommittee, 1999; electric universal service program work group, 2003); Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1999-2011; Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 2000-11. Senate Chair, Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee, 2003-11. Member, Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2007-11. Chair, Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2007-11 (vice-chair, 2001-06). Member, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2006. Vice-Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2004-11. Chair, Senate Select Committee 6 and 7 (bi-county: Montgomery & Prince George's counties), 2008-11. Chaplain, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 2004-11 (co-chair, labor committee, 2000; chair, drug treatment committee, 2001-11; vice-chair, international affairs committee, 2001-11; member, nominating committee, 2000-11; treasurer, 2002-04; chaplain, 2007-08). Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004. Member, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (executive committee, 1999-2011; vice-chair, committee on youth); National Conference of State Legislatures (human services & welfare committee, 2005-11).
Former member, Goals Advisory Committee, Prince George's County. Member, Special Commission to Study Sexual-Orientation Discrimination in Maryland, 2000-01; Unemployment Insurance Funding Task Force, 2003-04; Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2005-06; Maryland Commission for Men's Health, 2007-10. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2008.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, February 28, 1940. Attended Memphis public schools; Howard University. Served in U.S. Army. Safety Director, Joseph Smith and Sons, Inc. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2008. Founding member, Capital Centre. Charter member, Landover Kiwanis Club. Member, Ploughmen and Fishermen of Prince George's County; 24th District Democratic Alliance; Peppermill Village Citizens Association; Arlene Drive Block Club. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Trustee, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (president, cathedral choir; member, sons & daughters of allen). Married; two daughters.
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