Member of House of Delegates, January 11, 1995 to January 14, 2015. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1995-2003 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 1995-2003). Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1995-2015; Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1999-2015. Deputy Majority Whip, 2003-07. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 2003-15 (corporations work group, 2003-06; property & casualty insurance subcommittee, 2003-10; chair, unemployment insurance subcommittee, 2011-15, member, 2003-15; business regulation subcommittee, 2007-15). Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2011-13. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1995-2015 (chaplain, 1995-2002, 2008-10; chair, ethics committee, 2000; vice-chair, civil rights committee, 2000-15; member, redistricting committee, 2000-15); Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2012-15. Member, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (financial services standing committee; vice-chair, committee on international affairs); National Conference of State Legislatures (communications, financial services & interstate commerce committee, 2007-15).
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, August 26, 1940. Jackson State University, B.S., 1962; Virginia Union University, M.Div., 1968; Presbyterian School of Christian Education, M.R.E., 1969; University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D., 1974. Served in U.S. Air Force, 1975-78 (captain). Minister. Pastor and founder, Rising Sun First Baptist Church, Woodlawn. Chair, Baltimore Safe Schools Committee, 1991-. Chair, Social Action Committee, United Baptist Convention of Maryland. Member, National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Married; three sons.
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