[photo, Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., Maryland State Delegate] JOSEPH F. VALLARIO, JR.
Democrat, District 23B, Prince George's County

Member of House of Delegates since January 8, 1975 (representing District 27A, Calvert & Prince George's Counties, 1975-2014; District 23B, Prince George's County, since January 14, 2015). Chair, Judiciary Committee, 1993-. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1993-; Legislative Policy Committee, 1993-. Past member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Member, Drunk and Drugged Driving Task Force, 1988-90; Joint Task Force on Maryland's Procurement Law, 1993-94; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 1996, 2002. Co-Chair, Task Force to Examine Crime Victims' Rights Laws in Maryland, 1996-2003. Member, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001. Past chair, Prince George's County Delegation (member, law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee). Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (law & criminal justice committee, 2005-).

Member, Task Force on Crime, 1976-77; Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board, 1991-96; Sentencing Guidelines Advisory Board, 1993-99; Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1993-; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 1994-; Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force to Study Commercial Gaming Activities in Maryland, 1995; Governor's Commission on Gun Violence, 1995; Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996-99; Commission on Juvenile Justice Jurisdiction, 1998-2001; Council on Jury Use and Management, 1999-2000; State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1999-; Anti-Terrorism Work Group, 2001-02; Article 27 (crimes & punishments) Revision Committee, 2004-08; Task Force to Study the Laws and Policies relating to Representation of Indigent Criminal Defendants by the Office of the Public Defender, 2012-14.

Born in Washington, DC, March 4, 1937. Attended Washington, DC, parochial schools; Benjamin Franklin University, B.C.S. (commercial science) and M.C.S. (commercial science), 1959; Eastern College, Mt. Vernon School of Law (now University of Baltimore School of Law), LL.B., J.D., 1963. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1964. Attorney. Member, American and Maryland State Bar Associations. Past president, Prince George's County Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. Member, Order of Sons of Italy. Inactive member, Painters Local Union no. 1773. Most Valuable Legislator Award, Stephanie Roper Committee, 1994. Legislative Award, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, 1999. Legacy of Excellence in Litigation, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2006. Robert C. Heeney Award, Criminal Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association, 2010. Married; six children; nineteen grandchildren.

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