Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Melvin A. Steinberg (1933- )
MSA SC 3520-1494


Born in Baltimore, October 4, 1933.  Son of Irvin Steinberg and wife Julia Levenson. Jewish.   Attended Baltimore public schools; University of Baltimore, A.A., 1952; University of Baltimore Law School, J.D., 1955.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1955.  Honorary degrees from Goucher College, Villa Julie College, St. Mary's College of Maryland.  Married Anita Akman.   Attorney.   Resident of Baltimore County when elected.

General Assembly:
Member of Senate, 1967-87.  Vice-Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1975-78.  Chair, Finance Committee, 1979-82.  President of the Senate, 1983-87. Co-Chair, Legislative Policy Committee.  Chair, Rules Committee; Joint Committee on Ethics; Committee on Narcotics, Subcommittee on Family Law; Joint Committee on Racing.  Vice-Chair, Commission to Revise the Annotated Code.  Member, Executive Committee, Southern Legislative Conference; Pensions Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures; National Society of State Legislators; Blue Ribbon Task Force on Health-Care Cost Containment.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served on active duty with the U.S. Navy, 1955-57.  Private law practice; partner, Levin and Gann, P.A.  Lt. Governor of Maryland, 1987-1995.  Elected by Voters for a Four-year Term under the Constitution of 1867 as Amended in 1970.  Counsel to Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC.  President and CEO of American Oriental Group, Inc., an international trading company.  Member, State House Trust; State Commission on the Capital City; Maryland Historical Trust; Maryland Environmental Trust.  Board of Advisors, Maryland Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program; Maryland Veterans Home Commission. Chair, Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Maryland Executive Helicopter Advisory Committee; Peabody Institute Oversight Committee.  Member, Governor's Employment and Training Council; Interstate Banking Committee; Western Maryland Enterprise Study Commission; Commission on Excellence in Higher Education; Eagle Square and Compass Club of Maryland; Yedz Grotto; B'nai B'rith; Greenspring Valley Synagogue; American Lodge No. 25, A.F. & A.M.  Board of Directors, Beth El Congregation; Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Governing Board, Baltimore Symphony.

Source: 1994-95 Maryland Manual (Annapolis, Hall of Records Commission, 1994), 29-30; Edward C. Papenfuse, et al., Archives of Maryland, new series, An Historical List of Public Officials of Maryland, Vol I. (Annapolis, MD: Maryland State Archives, 1990), p. 20.

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