Maryland Manual 1994-1995 Legislature /73
House of Delegates Chamber, architectural drawing from Historic American Buildings Survey,
Maryland State House Project Collection, MSA SC1773, Maryland State Archives. [see image]
Appointed by Chair, Ways & Means Committee:
Thomas H. Hattery; W. Ray Huff; James F.
Ports, Jr.; Robert A. Thornton, Jr.
RULES & EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS
Hattie N. Harrison,Chairperson (410) 841-3325
Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, Vice-Chairperson
Appointed by House Speaker: Gary R. Alexander;
Michael E. Busch; Mary A. Conroy; Gerald J.
Curran; Ulysses Currie; Richard N. Dixon;
Michael R. Cordon; Ronald A. Guns; Kenneth H.
Masters; Pauline H. Menes; Louis P. Morsberger;
Howard P. Rawlings; Ellen R. Sauerbrey; Joseph
F. Vallario, Jr.
CONSENT CALENDARS COMMITTEE
Casper R. Taylor, Jr., Speaker . . (410) 841-3800
Kenneth H. Masters, Majority Leader
...................... (410) 841-3464
Ellen R. Sauerbrey, Minority Leader
...................... (410) 841-3401
HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEES
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DRUG &
Pauline H. Menes, Chairperson . (410) 841-3870
Appointed by House Speaker: Curtis S. Anderson;
Frank D. Boston, Jr.; Kenneth C. Montague, Jr.;
Carol S. Petzold; Joan B. Pitkin; Jean W. Roesser;
J. Anita Stup; Virginia M. Thomas.
HOUSE FACILITIES COMMITTEE
Gary R. Alexander, Chairperson (410) 841-3391
Appointed by House Speaker: Kumar P. Barve; John
J. Bishop; Ruth M. Kirk; Mary Louise Preis; Victor
ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS
In Maryland, the House of Delegates originated as the Lower House of the General Assembly in 1650,
when the legislature became a bicameral body (Chapter 1, Acts of 1650). To the Lower House freemen
in each hundred elected burgesses as their representatives. From 1654, the county replaced the hundred
as the local area represented.
The Constitution of 1776 established the House of Delegates whose members represented the voters
who elected them from each county and the towns of Annapolis and Baltimore (Const. 1776, secs. 1-6).
With four delegates representing each county, two representing Annapolis, and two Baltimore, the House
of Delegates originally was based on geographic representation. After 1837, however, population became
the basis of legislative apportionment for the House of Delegates. Since the legislative apportionment plan
of 1972 took effect in the 1974 elections, the House of Delegates has had 141 members.