Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Ralph M. Hughes
MSA SC 3520-12151


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 17, 1948.  Attended Baltimore City College High School; Morgan State College, B A., 1970; Howard University School of Law, J.D., 1973; The Johns Hopkins University, M.A.S.  Married.

General Assembly:
Member of Senate, Legislative District 40 (D), Baltimore City, 1991 to , 2007. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1991-2007. Chair, Special Committee on Substance Abuse, 2001-07. Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Investigation, 1995. Member, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1995-99; Article 27 (crimes & punishments) Revision Committee, 1999-2003; Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004; Abatement of Drug-Related Nuisances Work Group, 2004. Vice-Chair, Baltimore City Delegation. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1991-2007 (chair, crime & safety committee, 2000; member, law & justice committee, 2000-07, redistricting committee, 2000-07; drug treatment committee, 2001-07).

Member, House of Delegates, Legislative District 40 (D), Baltimore City, 1983-1991. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1983-90. House Chair, Joint Committee on Judges of the Orphans' Court, 1989. 

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Staff to Commission to Revise the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1973-82; legislative analyst to General Assembly; liaison to Maryland Commission on Criminal Law. Member, Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts, 1995-97; Commission on Juvenile Justice Jurisdiction, 1998-2001; Anti-Terrorism Work Group, 2001-02; Drug and Alcohol Council, 2002-04. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Identity Theft, 2005-07.

Full-time legislator. Member, Monumental City Bar Association. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 2006-. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum. Board of Directors, Foster Grandparents Program; St. Frances Academy Creative Arts Center. President, Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council and Mondawmin Transpac. Legislative consultant, Ruxton Concerned Neighbors and Ash-Co-East. Chair, Panway Sanitation Committee; member, Braddish Avenue Neighborhood Association. Member, Morgan State University and Howard University Alumni Associations. Producer, The Graduates, WEAA-FM, Morgan State University Radio. Recipient, numerous citations, awards. Member, Mount Hope Baptist Church. 

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