Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2015-. Chair, Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 2015-; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, 2015-. Member, Behavioral Health Advisory Council, 2015-; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2015-; Health and Human Services Referral Board, 2015-; Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2015-; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2015-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2015-17; Interagency Committee on Specialized Transportation, 2015-; Maryland Commission on Suicide Prevention, 2015-; Maryland Veterans Trust, 2015-; Governor's Workforce Development Board (formerly Governor's Workforce Investment Board), 2015-; State Advisory Council on Health and Wellness, 2017-; Task Force on Long-Term Care Education and Planning, 2017-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2017-.
Member of Senate (Democrat), representing District 14, Montgomery County, January 8, 2003 to January 12, 2011. Member, Joint Committee on the State's Emergency Medical Response System, 2003-05; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2003-08; Budget and Taxation Committee, 2003-11 (capital budget subcommittee, 2007-11; pensions subcommittee, 2007-11, chair, 2007; public safety, transportation & environment subcommittee, 2008-11); Joint Audit Committee, 2003-11; Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-11; Spending Affordability Committee, 2007-11; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2007-11 (senate chair, 2007). Senate Co-Chair, Protocol Committee, 2007-11. Chair, Montgomery County Delegation, 2007-08 (vice-chair, 2007). Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2003-11. Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-11. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (labor & workforce development committee, 2005-07; labor & economic development committee, 2007-11); Southern Legislative Conference (fiscal affairs & government operations, 2008-11).
Former member, Montgomery County Job Service Employers' Committee. Co-Chair, Task Force on the Establishment of a Maryland Women Veterans Monument, 2005. Member, Task Force on Traffic Capacity Across the Chesapeake Bay, 2005-06; Transit Funding Study Steering Committee, 2006-07; Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-11; Maryland Affordable Housing Trust, 2009-11. Member, Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, 2011-14.
Born in Washington, DC, August 16, 1954. Raised in Montgomery County. Attended Kennedy High School; University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (law enforcement), 1976; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1979. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1980. Attorney. Member, Maryland State Bar Association. President & general counsel, Kramer Enterprises, Silver Spring, 1979-. President, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 1992-93. President, Shopping Center Management Association, 1999-2000 (executive committee, 2000-). Chair, Montgomery County Police and Fire/Rescue Awards Program, 1995-98. Board of Trustees, Maryland College of Art and Design, 1995-2004. Board of Directors, Graffiti Abatement Partnership of Montgomery County, 1995-2004. Member, Northeast Montgomery Political Action Committee (former board member). Former precinct chair and area coordinator, Montgomery County Democratic Party. Former member, Wheaton Revitalization Strategy Committee; Board of Directors, Montgomery County Friends of the Library. Tavel Award (for outstanding service to business, government & community), Montgomery County, 1997. Outstanding Leadership Award, Maryland Association of Community Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, 2004. Outstanding Employer Partner, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, 2004. Legislator of the Year, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, 2005. Affordable Housing Advocacy Award, Maryland Affordable Housing Community, 2006. Legislator of the Year, Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, 2007. Outstanding Service Award, Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, 2007. Hall of Fame, Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association 2007. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2008. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008.
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