Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Donald F. Munson
MSA SC 3520-12155


Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, December 21, 1937.  Attended Washington County public schools; Capitol Page School, Washington, D.C.; The Johns Hopkins University, B.S., mathematics, 1968.  Married; one child.

General Assembly:
Member of Senate, January 1991 to January 12, 2011. Member, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1991-2011; Budget and Taxation Committee, 1992-2011 (public safety, transportation, economic development & natural resources subcommittee, 1992-99; pensions subcommittee, 1992-2011; capital budget subcommittee, 1995-2011; public safety, transportation, & environment subcommittee, 2000-11); Task Force on Telecommunications Taxes, 1994-95; Special Joint Task Force on Transportation, 1995; Spending Affordability Committee, 1995-2011; Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1995-2011; Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997; Rules Committee, 1997-2011; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1997-2011; Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems, 1999-2011; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1999-2011; Special Committee on Gaming, 2001; Executive Nominations Committee, 2002-2011; Special Commission on Legislative Prayer, 2003; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003, 2007; Joint Technology Oversight Committee, 2004-09; Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-06; Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 2006-09; Joint Legislative Work Group to Study State, County and Municipal Fiscal Relationships, 2009-11; Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight, 2009-11; Joint Information Technology and Biotechnology Committee, 2009-11. Chair, Washington County Delegation, 2007-11. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-11; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-11; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-11. Member, Conference of State Legislatures (legislative effectiveness committee, 2007-11); Southern Legislative Conference (economic development, transportation & cultural affairs committee, 2008-11).

House of Delegates, Legislative District 2C (R), Washington County, 1975-91.  Member, Economic Matters Committee, 1975-91; Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1983-91.  Vice-chair, Western Maryland delegation, 1987-90.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Member, Hagerstown City Council, 2012-. Member, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, 1975-2011; Citizens Advisory Board, Western Maryland Center, 1978-90; Liability Insurance Task Force, 1985; Advisory Council on Landlord-Tenant Affairs, 1991-95; Governor's Utility Relocation Task Force, 1995; Sound Barrier Review Panel, 1995-96; Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1995-2003; Task Force on Personal Care, 1996-97; Forvm for Rural Maryland, 1996-99; Council on Management and Productivity, 1997-2000; Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission, 1999; Task Force on the South Mountain Battlefield Historic Tourism Initiative, 1999-2000; Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03; Governor's Commission on the Structure and Efficiency of State Government, 2003 (independent agencies subcommittee); Task Force on Broadband Communications Deployment in Underserved Rural Areas, 2003-06; Maryland Wine and Grape Advisory Committee, 2004-05; Task Force to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2005; Governor's Advisory Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing, 2005-11; Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education, 2007-09; Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-11; Governor's Workforce Investment Board, 2008-11; Commission to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial, 2009-11. 

Served in U.S. Army Reserves. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 1976, 1988, 1992, 2004. Member, Washington County Republican Club; Washington County Historical Society; Washington County Association for Retarded Citizens; Antietam Exchange Club; North American Rod & Gun Club; Alsatia Club. Legislator of the Year, Maryland Retailers Association, 2003. Outstanding Rural Legislator Award, Rural Maryland Council, 2004. John O. Marsh, Jr., Public Service Award, Shenandoah University, 2004.

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