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[photo, Melony G. Griffith, State Senator] MELONY GHEE GRIFFITH
Democrat, District 25, Prince George's County

Member of Senate, representing District 25, Prince George's County, January 9, 2019 to October 31, 2023. Resigned October 31, 2023. Chair, Finance Committee, 2023. Senate Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2019 (member, 2019-22). Member, Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019; Budget and Taxation Committee, 2019-22 (education, business & administration subcommittee, 2019; chair, pensions subcommittee, 2019-22, member, 2020-22; member, capital budget subcommittee, 2020-22; health & human services subcommittee, 2020-22); Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2019-22; Executive Nominations Committee, 2019-23; Spending Affordability Committee, 2019-23; Senate Presidentís Advisory Work Group on Equity and Inclusion, 2020-21; Joint Covid-19 Response Legislative Work Group, 2020-21; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2020-22. President Pro Tem, 2020-22. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2020-23; Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission, 2021-22; Rules Committee, 2023. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2019-23; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2019-23; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2019-23.


Member, Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational, and Social Services, 2020-21; Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity, Morgan State University, 2020-21; Procurement Improvement Council, 2021-23; Maryland Commission on Transportation Revenue and Infrastructure Needs, 2023.

Member of House of Delegates, representing District 25, Prince George's County, January 13, 1999 to January 14, 2015. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1999-2002 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 1999-2002); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2003; Appropriations Committee, 2002-15 (public safety & administration subcommittee, 2002-03; transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2003-06; education & economic development subcommittee, 2007-15; vice-chair, capital budget subcommittee, 2003-15; chair, oversight committee on pensions, 2007-15, member, 2002-15); Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007. House Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2007-15 (member, 2003-15). Member, House Emergency Medical Services Work Group, 2009-12. House Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2008-12 (county affairs committee, 1999-2006; chair, bi-county committee, 2007-08; member, law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee, 2008-; chair, alcohol work group, 2013-). Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1999-2015 (chair, environmental committee, 2000; member, education committee, 2000-15); Women Legislators of Maryland, 1999-2015.

Member, Maryland State Arts Council, 2003-15. Co-Chair, Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-09.

Born in Abilene, Texas, June 5, 1963. Attended Charles M. Russell High School, Great Falls, Montana; Eastern Montana College, B.S. (psychology, criminology, rehabilitation), 1985; Howard University, M.S.W., 1987. Clinical social worker, public health specialist, and workshop facilitator. Project coordinator, National Basketball Players Association Health Education Project, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992-93. Senior Program Officer, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC, 1998-2004. Director, Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, Prince George's County Health Dept., 2004-06, 2008-09. Director, Office of Prevention and Community Outreach, Prince George's County Health Dept., 2006-08. Vice-President for Governmental and External Affairs, Greater Baden Medical Services, 2009-18. Deputy Director, Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council, 2016-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Inabel Burns Lindsay Social Work Education Leadership Award, Howard University School of Social Work, 2018. Go to Bat Award, District Heights Family and Youth Services Bureau, 2019. Airmen and Family Appreciation Award, Andrews Business and Community Alliance, and Business Roundtable, 2019. Michaeline R. Fedder Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Public Health Association, 2020. Legislator of the Year Award, The Arc, 2020. Senator of the Year, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2020. Arts Service Award, CAPPA Performing Arts, 2021. Legislator of the Year Award, AARP, 2021. Two sons.

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