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34 /Official Biographies

Delegates while still a law student. In 1962, he was
elected to the State Senate where he served on the
Judicial Proceedings Committee. During this time,
he became an early advocate of open housing laws
for Maryland, even though his home was picketed
by angry demonstrators. In 1967, Mr. Curran was
chosen as chairman of the Judicial Proceedings
Committee and held that position for sixteen years.

During Mr. Curran's service in the General
Assembly, he sponsored or was the leading spokesman
for many significant bills, including those creating the
Court of Special Appeals and the District Court
system. He consistently supported bills to improve the
courts and the corrections system, toughen
drunk-driving laws, guarantee equal rights, and
require handgun permits. He also sponsored
legislation to modernize Maryland's divorce and
alimony laws, reform adoption and guardianship laws,
and protect victims of domestic violence. The
Maryland Higher Education Loan Program, which


Secretary of State

The Governor appointed Tyras S. Athey to be
Secretary of State in 1993.

Mr. Athey was born in Burtonsville, Maryland,
on March 30, 1927. He attended Montgomery
County public schools, and went on to serve in the
U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947.

Mr. Athey served as a member of the House of
Delegates from 1967 to 1993. He chaired the House

Maryland Manual 1994-1995

Mr. Curran first sponsored as a member of the
House, was passed under his leadership while he
was a member of the State Senate.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Curran served as
legislative liaison for Governor Hughes'
Administration bills and was appointed to chair task
forces on drunk driving, the insanity defense,
victims' services, and liability insurance. Mr. Curran
also chaired the committee to study budget
flexibility for higher education, the Maryland
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and the
State Trade Policy Council. He also served on the
Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force on Medical
Malpractice Insurance.

Mr. Curran is married to the former Barbara
Marie Atkins. They are the parents of five children,
Mary Carole, Alice, Catherine, J. Joseph III (Max),
and William (deceased). The Currans reside in the
Homeland section of Baltimore City.

Ways and Means Committee, 1979-93, and served
as House chair of the Special Joint Committee on
Income Tax Reform. Earlier he had chaired the
Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation
and the Anne Arundel County Delegation. He was
a member of the Rules and Executive Nominations
Committee; the Legislative Policy Committee
(management subcommittee); the Spending
Affordability Committee; and the Special Joint
Committee on Energy Pricing. He also served on
the Executive Committee of the Southern
Legislative Conference (past chair); the Joint
Budget and Audit Committee, 1979-90; and the
Special Joint Committee on Patuxent Institution,

As a legislator, Mr. Athey served on numerous
special commissions. Among these were the Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries Commission, 1976-80; the
Maryland Committee on Federal Income Tax
Conformity, 1982-83; the Governor's Task Force to
Study Flexibility for Higher Education, 1983-84; the
Governor's Task Force on State Support for Volunteer
Fire, Rescue and Ambulance Companies, 1983-85;
the Fiscal Review Committee, 1984-86; the
Executive/Legislative Committee to Study the
Feasibility of a Biennial Budget, 1985; the State Trade
Policy Council, 1985-89; the Task Force on School
Construction Finance, 1987; and the Governor's
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, 1991 -93. He
was the Maryland representative to the Council of
State Governments (past chair, fiscal affairs and
governmental operations committee). He also
co-chaired the Task Force on Property Tax Reform.

Secretary Athey is a member of the Elks and the
Moose. He is married to the former Dorothy N.
O'Lexey and is the father of Darlene, Brian, and


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