Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Constance A. Morella (1931- )
MSA SC 3520-2101


Born Constance Albanese in Somerville, Massachusetts, February 12, 1931.  Attended public schools; Somerville High School; Boston University, A.A., 1950, A.B., 1954; The American University, M.A., 1967.  Married, three children (and raised her late sister's six children).

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Legislative District 16 (R), Montgomery County, 1979-86.  Member, Appropriations Committee; Subcommittee on Law Enforcement and Transportation.

Federal Service:
Member, U.S. House of Representatives (Republican), 8th Congressional District, Montgomery County, 1987-2003. Member, Science Committee ; Basic Research  Subcommittee; Chair, Technology Subcommittee. Member, Government Reform Committee; Civil Service Subcommittee; Chair, District of Columbia Subcommittee, 2001-2002 (past vice-chair). Former co-chair, Women's Issues Caucus. Served in Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus (first woman chair, 1991-94); Federal Government Service Task Force; Arts Caucus. Member, Human Rights Caucus. Co-Chair, Older Americans Caucus, 1994-2003.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Professor of English, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, 1970-85.  Member, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 1971-75.  C & O Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission, 1976-82; vice-chair, 1979-82.  Trustee, Capitol Institute of Technology, 1977.  Trustee, Trinity College, Washington, D.C., 1984.  Member, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 1972-75; president, 1973-74.  Author, "The Female Alcoholic in American History, Culture, and Jurisprudence," The Alcoholism Digest (1974).  Living Stage-Arena Board, 1982. Received American University Distinguished Alumna Award, 1980 and 1982.  Represented United States at United Nations Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994.  Co-chair, congressional delegation to United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995. Member, National Advisory Board of The American University, Washington, D. C. Trustee, Capitol College, Laurel, Maryland. Member, Montgomery County United Way Council; Advisory Council of Montgomery County Hospice Society. Member, Honorary Board of National Kidney Foundation. Founding member, Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), an international organization that addresses world environmental issues. Honorary doctorates from The American University, Norwich University, Dickinson College, Mount Vernon College, and University of Maryland University College.  Named one of Ten Best Members of Congress for Women by McCall's magazine. Listed in Who's Who in America, 1988-89; Who's Who in American Politics, 1991-92. Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 1994.  Congressional Award, Energy Efficiency Forum, 2002. Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 2003.

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