Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Lorraine M. Sheehan (1937-2009)
MSA SC 3520-12335


Born Lorraine Marie Cantin, in Manchester, New Hampshire, May 2, 1937. Daughter of Donat and Laurette Cantin. Married to Peter Sheehan (later divorced); four children: John, Peter, Niall, and Laura. Died December 19, 2009, in Baltimore, Maryland.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Legislative Districts 25 & 26 (D), Prince George's County, 1974-83. Member, House Judiciary Committee, 1975-78; Ways and Means Committee, 1978-83; Joint Committee on Rape and Related Offenses. Deputy whip. Vice-chair, Prince George's delegation, 1978-82.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Chair, Governor's Advisory Board on Rape and Sexual Offenses. Secretary of state, 1983-87. President, The Arc of the United States. Member, Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1998. Public policy director, Maryland Disability Law Center. Legislative consultant.  Member, Parent-Teacher-Student Association; Suitland Citizens Association; Professional Women's Club; Kettering Civic Federation; Citizen for Branch Avenue Metro; National Association of Secretaries of State. Board member, Greater South East Aging Center and the Suitland Redevelopment Corporation. Commissioner, Anne Arundel County Housing Authority. Ann Landon Scott Award for legislative excellence, National Organization for Women; Religious Freedom Award; Margaret Sanger Award; Developmental Disabilities Council Award; Maryland Psychological Association Award; Maryland Association for the Mentally Retarded Award; Mental Health Association of Prince George's County Award; Inductee, Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 2002. Advocate of the Year, Anne Arundel Disability Commission, 2009. Recipient, Thomas Kennedy Award, 2010.

Maryland Women's Hall of Fame biography

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