Member of Senate, 1983-99, representing District 24 (Prince George's County). Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1983-92; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1984-99; Special Joint Committee on the Medical Assistance Program, 1988-92; Joint Expenditure Study Group on Education and Human Resources, 1991; Finance Committee, 1993-99 (welfare reform subcommittee). Chair, Rules Committee, 1995-99. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 1995-99; Joint Audit Committee (formerly Joint Committee on Budget and Audit), 1995-99; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1995-99; Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, 1996-99; Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Fair Practices, 1997-99. Chair, Legislative Black Caucus, 1986-88.
Member, House of Delegates, 1975-79, representing District 25 (Prince George's County). Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1975-79.
Member, Town Council, Town of Glenarden, 1961-68. Mayor of Glenarden, 1970-74. Judge, Orphans' Court, Prince George's County, 1982-83. Member, Task Force on Infrastructure Financing, 1985-86; Governor's Commission on Black and Minority Health, 1986-88; Project Advisory Council, Children and Family Services Reform Initiative, 1989-96; Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, 1990-95; State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, 1990-95; Governor's Task Force on the Fair Imposition of Capital Punishment in Maryland, 1996; Task Force to Examine the State's Cemetery and Funeral Industry, 1996; Boot Camp Independent Assessment Team, 1999. Chair, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 2001-02 (member, 1999-2004; vice-chair, 2000-01). Chair, Washington Suburban Transit Commission, 2004 (member, 1999-2004).
Born in Washington, DC, January 8, 1932. Attended Washington, DC, public schools. Served in U.S. Army, 1950-52. Virginia State University, B.S., 1956. Director, Trotter-Speights & Associates, business consultants. Vice-President for New Development, American Capital Partners, Landover, Maryland. Former adult rehabilitation director for Bureau of Rehabilitation. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988, 1996. Former member, Maryland Municipal League. Married; two daughters, five grandchildren, one great-grandson. Died in Baltimore, Maryland, May 3, 2004.
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