Member of U.S. House of Representatives January 1991 to January 6, 2009. Member, Natural Resources Committee, 1994-2009 (national parks, recreation & public lands subcommittee, 2001-06; fisheries, wildlife & oceans subcommittee, 1995-2009, chair, 2001-06); Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 1994-2009 (water resources subcommittee, 1995-2006; water resources & environment subcommittee, 2007-09; coast guard & maritime transportation subcommittee, 1997-2009, chair, 1997-2006; rail, pipelines, & hazardous materials subcommittee, 2007-09). Co-Chair, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, 2004-09. Member, House Democracy Assistance Commission, 2007-09. Co-Chair, Climate Change Caucus, 2004-09; Corps Reform Caucus; Dialogue Caucus, 2006-09; Organic Caucus, 2006-09. Member, Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, 1991-94; Public Works Committee, 1991-94. Member, House Rural Health Coalition.
Born in Rahway, New Jersey, April 15, 1946. Served in U.S. Marine Corps, 1964-67; Vietnam, 1966-67 (Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal). Wesley College, A.A., 1971; Union College (appalachian semester studying rural poverty); Delaware State College, B.A. (history), 1973; Loyola College. Director, Sassafras Environmental Education Center, Kennedyville, 2010-. Teacher (American history, government, civics), 1973-90. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 1996, 2000. Member, Kent County Teachers' Association. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Military Order of the Purple Heart. Legislator of the Year Award, American Planning Association, 1998. Honorary Doctor of Public Service, Washington College, 2004. John V. Kabler Award, League of Conservation Voters, 2008. Member, Kennedyville United Methodist Church, Kennedyville, Maryland. Married; three children.
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