Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Jean B. Cryor (1938-2009)
MSA SC 3520-12204

Brief Biography:

Born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, December 13, 1938.  Attended University of Pennsylvania; Loyola College, M.B.A., 1979.  Married to Dan Cryor. Three children; three grandchildren.  Died November 3, 2009, in Potomac, Maryland.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Legislative District 15 (R), Montgomery County, 1995-2007.  Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1995-2007 (tax & revenue subcommittee, 1997-2000; education subcommittee, 2001-03; transportation subcommittee, 2003-04; finance resources subcommittee, 2003-07; vice-chair's subcommittee, 2003-07; election law subcommittee, 2004-07); Conference committee on taxes, 1996 session; Joint Committee on Community College Funding, 1996; Joint Work Group on Telecommunications Taxes, 1996; Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997; Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1999-2007; Special Committee on Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility, 2003-04; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2003-07; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2004-07; Legislative Policy Committee, 2005-07; Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, 2005-07; House Facilities Committee, 2005-07. Member, Steering Committee, House Republican Caucus, 1997-2007. Member, County Affairs Committee, Montgomery County Delegation. Executive Board, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2006-07 (member, 1995-2007; legislative committee, 2001-07; secretary, 2001-03; president-elect, 2003-04; president, 2004-05).

Member, Task Force on Education Funding Equity, Accountability and Partnerships, 1997-98; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 1999-2002; Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students, 2000-01; Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03; Transportation Task Force, 2003; Virginia-Maryland-District of Columbia Joint Legislative Commission on Interstate Transportation, 2003; Task Force on Missing Vulnerable Adults, 2004-05; Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland, 2004-05 (subcommittee on school readiness & early childhood programs).

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Writer. Formerly an editor and publisher of the Gazette Newspapers. Member, Planning Board, Montgomery County, 2007-09; Maryland Commission for Women, 2008-09. Co-founder of TACKLE, a group established to fight the Baltimore stadium funding, 1996. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2000 (credentials committee). Board member, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes; Convent of the Sacred Heart; Potomac Theater Company. First Prize, Investigative Reporting, Maryland Society of Professional Journalists, 1993. Citizen of the Year, Almanac Newspapers. Legislator of the Year, Maryland Retailers Association, 2000. Businessperson of the Year, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, 2002. Hero of the Taxpayer, Maryland Taxpayers Association, 2000. Award for Building the Bridge to Educational Excellence in Maryland Public Schools, State Board of Education, 2002. Legislator of the Year, Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation and Registry of Maryland, 2002. Thornton Commission Award, State Board of Education, 2002. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2003, 2006. Woman of Achievement Award, Suburban Maryland Business and Professional Women Association, 2005. Lifetime Service Award, Potomac Chamber of Commerce, 2006. Thomas Kennedy Award, 2013. Inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 2013.

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