[photo, Gail H. Bates, Maryland State Senator] GAIL H. BATES
Republican, District 9, Carroll & Howard Counties

Member of Senate since January 14, 2015. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2015- (comptroller issues subcommittee, 2015-; health subcommittee, 2015-); Joint Audit Committee, 2015-; Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families, 2015-; Protocol Committee, 2015-.

Member of House of Delegates, February 4, 2002 to January 14, 2015, representing District 14B (Howard & Montgomery Counties), 2002-03, and District 9A (Howard County), 2003-15. Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 2002-03 (motor vehicles subcommittee, 2002-03); Health and Government Operations Committee, 2003 (government operations subcommittee, 2003; health facilities, equipment & products subcommittee, 2003; public health subcommittee, 2003). Deputy Minority Whip, 2003-06. Member, Appropriations Committee, 2003-15 (public safety & administration subcommittee, 2003-15; oversight committee on pensions, 2003-15; oversight committee on personnel, 2003-15); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2003-15; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2007-15; Joint Audit Committee, 2011-15. Deputy Minority Whip, 2013-15. Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2002-; Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2002-; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (agriculture & rural development committee, 2005-07; agriculture, environment & energy committee, 2007-08; agriculture & energy committee, 2008-; environment committee, 2008-).

Member, Disabilities Issues Advisory Committee, Howard County, 1987-88. Assistant to Howard County Executive, 1991-98. Member, Golf Advisory Committee, Howard County, 1998-. Chief of Staff for Delegate Donald E. Murphy, District 12A, Baltimore County and Howard County, 1999-2002.

Born in Washington, DC, December 24, 1945. Attended Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland; University of Maryland, B.S. (education), 1968. University of Maryland Baltimore County, courses relating to certified public accountancy, 1979-81. Mathematics and home economics teacher, Anne Arundel County, 1968-73. Office manager, H&R Block, 1976-80. Tax supervisor, Mark Buckley, C.P.A., 1980-82. Manager, Records and Tax Department, Maryland Farm Bureau, 1983-84. Certified Public Accountant (sole proprietor), 1984-. Member, Howard County Republican Club, 1980-; Maryland Federation of Republican Women, 1980-; Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1982-90 (treasurer, 1980-84); Howard County Chamber of Commerce, 1986- (legislative committee, 1986-); Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, 1988-; Howard County Republican Women (president, 2001-). Board member, Howard County Chapter, American Red Cross, 1996-99; Christian Jail Ministry, 1997-; Howard County Farm Bureau, 1998-; Montgomery General Hospital, 2001; Howard County Tourism Council, 2004- (treasurer); Therapeutic Horsemanship Association. Life Achievement Award, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1990. Howard County Women's Hall of Fame, 2009. Married; two sons.

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