Legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Parren J. Mitchell, Maryland, 1971. Legal clerk, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Navy, 1973 (attorney, 1974-75). White House Fellow, President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 1978-79. Member, Human Relations Commission, Montgomery County, 1979-86 (chair, 1983-86).
Member, County Council, Montgomery County, At-Large, 1986-2002 (president, 1991, 1998, 1999; vice-president, 1990, 1997, 2002). Member, Task Force on Privatization of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 1998-99; Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee, 2001.
Born in Deweyville, Texas, July 25, 1945. Southern University, B.A. (political science), 1967. Served in U.S. Army, 1967-71 (vietnam service medal; vietnam campaign medal; bronze star with 1st & 2nd oak leaf cluster; bronze star with 1st oak leaf cluster). Howard University, M.A. (government), magna cum laude, 1972. Howard University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1974. The George Washington University Law School, LL.M., 1976. Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, 1975-2006 (assistant dean, 1979-86). Member, American, Federal, & National Bar Associations. Member, District of Columbia, Iowa, Louisiana and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2004, 2012, 2016. Chair, Executive Committee, Democratic State Central Committee, 2002-04. President, Board of Directors, Maryland Association of Counties, 2015 (board of directors, 2008-; treasurer, 2011; secretary, 2012; 2nd vice-president, 2013; 1st vice-president, 2014). President, County Executives of America, 2013-14 (board of directors, 2008-). Board of Directors, African-American Business Council of Montgomery County; Great Hope Homes; Impact Silver Spring; Jewish Foundation for Group Homes of Maryland; Leadership Montgomery; Montgomery County Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Montgomery Multiple Sclerosis Center; Maryland College of Art & Design; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Montgomery County Chapter; Washington Area Housing Partnership. Member, American Legion, Norman Price Post 68; Vietnam Veterans Association, Montgomery Chapter; Vietnam Veterans Leadership Forum. Alumnus of the Year, Howard Law Alumni Association, 1985. Distinguished Service Award, Martin Luther King Foundation, 1987. Rita Morgan Fair Housing Award, Suburban Maryland Fair Housing Associates, 1987. Humanitarian Award, Montgomery County Humane Society, 1993. Outstanding Public Service, Associated Builders & Contractors of Metropolitan Washington, 1994. Public Service Award, African-American Business Council of Montgomery County, 1997. Legal Excellence Award for Public Service, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1997. Pass the Torch Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Montgomery County Chapter, 1998. Distinguished Public Service Award, American Lung Association, 1999. Outstanding Service Award, Hispanics United of Maryland, 1999. Outstanding Community Service, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Potomac Valley Chapter, 1999. Good Scout Award, National Capital Area Boy Scouts of America, 1999. Outstanding Service to the Korean-American Community in Montgomery County, Korean-American Association of Maryland, 1999. Award for Achievement in Environmental and Occupational Health, Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association, 1999. Life Membership Award, Maryland Parent Teachers Association, 2002. Public Service Leadership Award, Potomac Valley Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 2002. Vanguard Legislative Award, Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, 2002. Elizabeth and David Scull Memorial Public Service Award, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 2002. Outstanding Service and Appreciation Award, Montgomery College, 2003. Outstanding Leadership Award, Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, 2003. J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award, George Washington Law Alumni Association, 2007. Alumni Achievement Award, Howard University, 2007. Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 2010. Humane Award, Montgomery County Humane Society, 2012. Distinguished Service Award, Montgomery County Public Schools, 2015. Washingtonian of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine, 2016. Housing Leadership Award, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, 2016. Potomac Champion Award, Alice Ferguson Foundation, 2016. Married.
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