Member of Senate, representing District 9 (Carroll & Howard Counties), October 21, 2004 to December 1, 2014. Resigned December 1, 2014. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2004-06 (alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2004-06; environment subcommittee, 2004-06; ethics & election law subcommittee, 2004-06; procurement subcommittee, 2005-06). Minority Whip, 2007-08. Member, Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-14; Finance Committee, 2007-14 (health subcommittee, 2010-14); Joint Committee on Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight, 2007-14; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007; Legislative Policy Committee, 2007-11; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2007-11; Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2007-11. Minority Leader, 2008-11. Member, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2008-11; Spending Affordability Committee, 2008-11; Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships, 2009-10. Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2005-14; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-14. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (labor & economic development committee, 2007-14); Southern Legislative Conference (energy & environment committee, 2008-14).
Chair, Board of [Liquor] License Commissioners, Howard County, 1998-99 (vice-chair, 1999-2002). Member, Howard County Council, representing District 5, 1998-2004. Member, Baltimore Metropolitan Council Advisory Board, 2000-02. Vice-Chair, Zoning Board, Howard County, 2003-04. Member, Patuxent River Commission, 2003-04; Task Force to Convene a Summit on Civic Literacy in Maryland, 2006; Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, 2006-08. Chair, Commission on Civic Literacy, 2008-12. Member, Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Campaign Finance, 2010-11; Task Force to Study Maryland Insurance of Last-Resort Programs, 2012-14; Task Force to Study the Applicability of the Maryland Prevailing Wage Law, 2013-14.
Born in Olney, Maryland, October 20, 1958. Attended Howard County public schools; Atholton High School, Columbia, Maryland; University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1981; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1988. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1988. Attorney. Smith, Somerville & Case, 1988-91 (legal assistant, 1984-88). Herwig & Humphreys, LLP (associate, 1991-96; partner, 1996-2003). Co-owner, Twin Knolls Title Company, 2006-08. Godwin Erlandson, MacLaughlin, Vernon & Daney, LLC, 2008-. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2008. Member, Maryland State Bar Association (negligence, insurance & workers' compensation section); Howard County Bar Association. Member, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 1990-98 (chair, 1992-97; vice-chair, 1990-92). President, Howard County Republican Club, 1989-90 (vice-president, 1988-89). Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2012. Board of Directors, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, 2015-. Robert H. Kittleman Life Achievement Award, Howard County Republican Central Committee, 2003. Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Howard County Good Scout Award, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2016. Innovator of the Year, Daily Record, 2017. Member, Grace Community Church, Fulton, Maryland. Married; four children.
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