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Gwendolyn T. Britt (1941-2008)
MSA SC 3520-13951
Senate, Prince George's County, 2003-08


Born in Washington, DC, November 29, 1941. Graduated McKinley High School, Washington, DC, 1959; Bowie State University, B.S. (political science), 2004. Business office manager, AT&T, 1968-84. Real estate agent, Long & Foster Realtors, 1984-88. Human resources and personnel manager, Giant Food, Inc., 1988-2002. Member, Prince George's Human Improvement Association, 1980-2008; Columbia Highlands Citizens Association, 1982-88; Landover Local Development Corporation, 1982-88. Member, Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, 1994-99. Board of Directors, Prince George's County Educational Foundation, 1999-2001. Member, Prince George's County Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Bellemeade Civic Association . Loaned Executive Club Award, United Way, 1988. Outstanding Community Service Award, Prince George's Human Improvement Association, 1994. Legislator of the Year, Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2003. Torchbearer Award, Baltimore Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 2005.  Maryland Living History Award, 2008.  Married; two children. Died in Lanham, Maryland, January 12, 2008.

Member of Senate, January 8, 2003 to January 12, 2008. Assistant Deputy Majority Leader, 2007-08. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2003-08 (alcoholic beverages subcommittee, 2003-08; education subcommittee, 2003-08; ethics & election law subcommittee, 2003-08; health subcommittee, 2003-08; licensing & regulatory affairs subcommittee, 2003-08; base realignment & closure (brac) subcommittee, 2007-08); Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2003-08; Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2007-08; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007. Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2007-08. Secretary, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 2007-08 (member, 2003-08). 1st Vice-President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2004-06 (member, 2003-08; co-chair, legislative committee, 2005). Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (education committee, 2003-08; labor & workforce development committee, 2005-07; labor & economic development committee, 2007-08).

Member, Prince George's County Community Development Block Grant Committee, 1982-86; Board of Elections, Prince George's County, 1999-2002. Member, State Advisory Council on Hepatitis C, 2003-05; Maryland Commission on Disabilities, 2004-08; Task Force to Study the Impact of Autoimmune Disease in Maryland, 2005-06; Task Force to Implement Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance Education, 2005-08. Chair, Task Force to Convene a Summit on Civic Literacy in Maryland, 2006. Co-Chair, Task Force on School Safety, 2006-07. Member, Task Force on Green Building, 2007; Commission on Civic Literacy, 2007-08; Task Force on the Establishment of Vocational and Technical Education High School Academies in Prince George's County, 2007-08.

Source:  Maryland Manual On-Line

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