Chair, Maryland Cybersecurity Council, 2015-. Member, Task Force on the Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program, 2015-16; Commission Regarding the Implementation and Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers, 2015-16; Board of State Canvassers, 2015-; Commission on Correctional Standards, 2015-; Correctional Training Commission, 2015-; Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Baltimore City, 2015-; Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board, 2015-; State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 2015-; Governor's Family Violence Council, 2015-; Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, 2015; Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015-16; Police Training Commission, 2015-16; Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational and Social Services, 2015-; State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission, 2015-; Maryland State Employees Surety Bond Committee, 2015-; State's Attorneys' Coordination Council, 2015-; State Board of Victim Services, 2015-. Governing Board, Maryland Center for School Safety, 2015-. Member, Task Force to Study Recording Deeds for Victims of Domestic Violence, 2016-; Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, 2016-; Task Force to Investigate the Challenges of and Opportunities for Minorities in Business, 2016-; Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission, 2016-; Task Force to Combat Habitual Student Truancy, 2016-; Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission, 2017-; Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, 2017-. Chair, Maryland Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy and Funding Committee, 2017-.
Member of Senate, January 11, 1995 to January 6, 2015. Senate Chair, Joint Committee to Study Mandates on Local Government, 1995-97. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1995-2003 (ad hoc subcommittee on ethics & election law, 1997-2001; ad hoc subcommittee on procurement, 1999-2001; chair, environment subcommittee, 1995-2003); Joint Committee on Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas, 1995-2003. Co-Chair, Article 66B (planning & zoning) Study Commission, 1999-2000. Co-Chair, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001. Member, Senate Committee on Redistricting, 2001-02. Deputy Majority Leader, 2001-03. Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2003-15. Member, Executive Nominations Committee, 2003-15; Legislative Policy Committee, 2003-15 (management subcommittee, 2003-15); Special Commission on Legislative Prayer, 2003; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003, 2007. Chair, Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004; Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-07. Vice-Chair, Rules Committee, 2007-15 (member, 2003-15). Chair, Senate Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting, 2011-12. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Court Decision regarding Pit Bulls, 2012. Member, Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013. Member, Maryland Green Caucus, 1996-2015; Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-15. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (environment & natural resources committee, 2005-07; agriculture, environment & energy committee, 2007-08; law & criminal justice committee, 2007-15; agriculture & energy committee, 2008-15; environment committee, 2008-15); Southern Legislative Conference (energy & environment committee, 2008-15).
Member, Task Force to Review the State's Election Law, 1995. Board of Trustees, Maryland Environmental Trust, 1995-97. Member, Maryland Recycling Advisory Group, 1995-97; State Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Commission, 1995-2003; U.S. Clean Air Act Advisory Committee, 1996-2002; Blue Ribbon Citizens Pfiesteria Commission, 1997; Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, 1998-2003; Study Commission on Lobbyist Ethics, 1999-2000; Smart Codes Strategy Group, 1999-2000 (steering committee, 1999-2000); Oil Spill Prevention Advisory Committee, 2000; Task Force on the Environmental Effects of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE), 2000-01; Task Force on Energy Conservation and Efficiency, 2001. Chair, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2001 (member, 1995-14; vice-chair, 1999). Member, Chesapeake Executive Council, 2001; Environmental Restoration and Development Task Force, 2003; State Advisory Council on Water Security and Sewerage, 2004; Climate Change Commission, 2007-14; Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2011.
Member, House of Delegates, January 1987 to January 11, 1995, representing District 16 (Montgomery County). Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1987-94; Tort and Insurance Reform Oversight Committee, 1988-93; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1991-94. Chair, Montgomery County Delegation, 1991-93.
Member, Governor's Work Group on Acid Deposition, 1988-89; Governor's Energy Task Force, 1991-93.
State legislative liaison, Maryland Department of Employment and Social Services, 1971-72. Legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr., of New Jersey, 1972-76. Member, National Advisory Council, U.S. Small Business Administration, 1981-82. Member, Charter Review Commission, Montgomery County, 1983-86.
Born in Washington, DC, October 8, 1946. Attended Montgomery County public schools; Bradley Hills Elementary School, Bethesda; North Bethesda Junior High School; Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda; University of Stockholm, 1966-67; Wesleyan University, B.A., 1968; Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1971. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1972; District of Columbia Bar, 1972. Attorney in private practice, 1976-; Karp, Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A. Member, Maryland State and Montgomery County Bar Associations. Board of Directors, State National Bank of Maryland, 1976-85. Board of Directors, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 1983-89. Executive Committee, Wesleyan University Alumni Association, 1986-89. Board of Directors, Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, 1986-94. Director, Clean Air Trust, 1995-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Board of Directors, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology. Past president, Maryland-India Business Roundtable. Conservationist of the Year, Sierra Club of Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia, 1989. Lawmaker of the Year, American Lung Association of Maryland, 1991. Public Official of the Year, Audubon Naturalist Society, 1999. Leadership and Outstanding Service Award, Maryland State Bar Association, 2001. John V. Kabler Memorial Award, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2003. Consumer Legislator of the Year, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, 2005. Public Policy Maker of the Year, Washington Psychiatric Society, 2005. John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award, Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Salisbury University, 2007. Champion of Working Families, Progressive Maryland Education Fund, 2008; Friend of Glen Echo Park Award, Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, 2008. Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008, 2009 (certificate of appreciation, 2007, 2010, 2011). Outstanding Bike Accomplishment Award, One Less Car, 2009. Children's Health Advocate of the Year, Maryland Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Maryland Nursing Association, Black Nurses Association, and Moms Rising, 2010. Award of Special Recognition, Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 2010. Champion for Children, Department of Human Resources and Maryland State Bar Association, 2010. Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2010. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2011. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2011. Michaeline R. Fedder Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Public Health Association, 2013. Legislative Leader of the Year, Maryland State Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, 2014. Married; two children.
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