MSA SC 3520-12159
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, November 25, 1949. Attended Baltimore public schools; University of Maryland.
House of Delegates, Legislative Districts 38 & 39 (D), Baltimore City, 1975-88. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1975-83; chair, 1983-87. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1983-87; Joint Committee on Health Care Cost Containment, 1985-87. House chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1987-88. Chair, Baltimore City delegation, 1987-88. Senate, Legislative District 39 (D), Baltimore City, 1988-98. Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 1988-90; Special Joint Committee on Energy Pricing, 1990-91; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1990-98; Finance Committee, 1991-98 (chair, Health Subcommittee); Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 1993-98; Joint Oversight Committee on State Employees Health Insurance, 1994; Joint Audit Committee (formerly Joint Budget and Audit Committee), 1995-98. Chair, Executive Nominations Committee, 1995-98. Member, Joint Legislative Task Force on Organ and Tissue Donations, 1997. Suspended from the Senate on January 16, 1998 (Senate Resolution no. 2, Acts of 1998).
Private Career and Other Public Service:
Chief executive officer, small consulting firm. Member, Maryland Committee for Children and Youth, 1969-72. Board chair, Citizens Democratic Action Organization, 1976-; NAACP. Columnist, Baltimore Times; Afro-American. Honor Roll Award, Afro-American, 1971. Annual Award, NAEE, 1976. Statesman Award, Baltimore Baptist Ministers' Conference, 1977. Public Service Award, MPIRG, 1978. President, Center for Urban Environmental Studies, Inc., 1978-83. Chair, Health Committee, National Black Caucus of State Legislators Secretariat, 1979-90. Member, Governor's Task Force on Hazardous Waste Initiatives, 1984. Chair, Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, 1986-88. Weekly radio host, "Senator's Talk," heard on WOLB (1010 AM). Founder and board chair, National Black Health Study Group, 1990-. Member, State Council on Cancer Control, 1991-93. Co-chair, Revival Crusade, 1992. Member, State Advisory Council on Hereditary and Congenital Disorders, 1992-98; Governor's Task Force on Community Health Networks, 1994-95; State Commission on Neighborhoods, 1994-96; Task Force to Study Patient and Provider Appeal and Grievance Mechanisms, 1996; Governor's Task Force on African-American Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, 1996; Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 1996-98. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1996. Chair, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 1996-98. Co-chair, Governor's Commission on Summer Youth Employment, 1996. Member, Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98.
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