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John D. Jefferies (1928-2011)
MSA SC 3520-2662


Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, June 19, 1928.  Attended Dunbar High School, Baltimore.  Attended University of Baltimore, motion & time study; International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers Leadership Schools I and II, Rutgers University; Community College of Baltimore, labor relations & arbitration; Essex Community College, semantics & communications; University of Pennsylvania, M.N.P.L., political science; University of Wisconsin, collective bargaining; George Meany Institute, preparation & preservation of arbitration.  Married; four children. Died February 3, 2011.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Baltimore City, 1988-94.  Member, Environmental Matters Committee.  Member, Tort and Insurance Reform Oversight Committee, 1993.  Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1992-93.  Senate, District 44, 1998-99.  Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1998-99.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served in U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.  Assistant secretary for administration, Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, 1994-.  Directing business representative, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO.  Member, Democratic State Central Committee, 1975-88; delegate, Metropolitan Baltimore Council, AFL-CIO Unions, 1968-, recording secretary, 1971-80, financial secretary-treasurer, 1980-94; Area vice-president, Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO, 1973-94; president, Maryland-District of Columbia State Council of Machinists, 1984-, executive vice-president 1973-84; Member, Industrial Relations Research Association; Member, Liquor Board, Baltimore City, 1983-87; Citizens Advisory Board for Vocational Education, Baltimore City Public Schools.  Thirty-third degree Mason; Shriner; Member, St. John's A.M.E. Church, Baltimore. Member, Society of Senate's Past.

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