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[photo, Christopher B. Shank, Chief Legislative Officer, Maryland Office of Governor] CHRISTOPHER B. SHANK, Chief Legislative Officer



Chief Legislative Officer, Office of Governor, since June 27, 2016.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor, February 1 to June 27, 2016.

Executive Director, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, January 21, 2015 to February 1, 2016.

Chair, Governor's Family Violence Council, 2015-16; Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015-16. Member, Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2015; Council on Open Data, 2015; Behavioral Health Advisory Council, 2015-16; Cease Fire Council, 2015-16; Criminal Justice Information Advisory Board, 2015-16; Governor's Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2015-16; Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational and Social Services, 2015-16; Sexual Offender Advisory Board, 2015-16; State Board of Victim Services, 2015-16.

Member of Senate (Republican), representing District 2, Washington County, January 12, 2011 to January 21, 2015. Resigned January 21, 2015. Minority Whip, 2014-15 Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2011-15; Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2011-15; Executive Nominations Committee, 2015; Rules Committee, 2015; Legislative Policy Committee, 2015. Member, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2011-14; Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013.

Member, Maryland Advisory Council for Virtual Learning, 2012-15; Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System, 2014; Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2014-15.

Member of House of Delegates, January 13, 1999 to January 12, 2011. Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1999-2003 (transportation subcommittee, 1999-2003); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2003; Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems, 2003-05; Judiciary Committee, 2003-09 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 2003-09). Deputy Minority Whip, 2002-03. Assistant Minority Leader, 2003-06. Minority Whip, 2007-11. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2007-11; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-11; Ways and Means Committee, 2009-11 (transportation subcommittee, 2009-11). Chair, Washington County Delegation, 2003-06. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-.

Member, Task Force on the South Mountain Battlefield Historic Tourism Initiative, 1999-2000; Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, 2000-08; Task Force to Study Driver Licensing Documentation, 2003-04; Task Force to Study Criminal Offender Monitoring by Global Positioning Systems, 2004-05; Western Maryland Children's Center Advisory Board, 2005-. Board of Advisors, University System of Maryland Hagerstown, 2005-15. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Prison Violence in Maryland, 2008-11.

Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, June 30, 1972. Attended South Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown, Maryland; The Johns Hopkins University, B.A. (history), 1994. Phi Beta Kappa. George Washington University, M.A. (political management), 1998 (valedictorian; Howard Paley Academic Excellence Award). Former life and health insurance agent. Legislative assistant, Washington County Delegation, 1994-98. Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, 2006-08. Alternate Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2008. Maryland Co-Chair, Rick Perry Presidential Campaign, 2011-12. Executive Director, Justice Fellowship Network, 2014-15. Member, Advisory Committee, Cold Weather Homeless Shelter of Washington County, 1997-2016. Member, Advisory Board, Safe Place of Washington County. Board of Directors, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Member, Sharpsburg Lions Club; Advisory Panel, Holcim Plant, Hagerstown. Past member, Board of Directors, Washington County Chapter, American Cancer Society. Member, First Christian Church of Hagerstown, Maryland. Married; three children.

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