Member, Commission to Review Landlord-Tenant Laws, 1998; Shore Erosion Task Force, 1999-2000; Governor's Task Force on Eastern Shore Economic Development, 1999-2001; Study Panel on Funding Needs of Trauma Centers, 2001-03; Mid-Shore Regional Council, 2001-15 (executive board, 2014); Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, 2001-15; Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, 2002-03 (executive committee; seafood industry work group); Poultry Issues Action Team, 2003; Governor's Wellmobile Program Advisory Board, 2003-06; Rural Maryland Council, 2004-15; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, 2005-15; Incentives for Agriculture Task Force, 2006-07; Eastern Shore Task Force on Foster Care, 2007-08; Oyster Advisory Commission, 2007-15; Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, 2009-10; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010; Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Oversight of Public/Private Partnerships, 2011-12.
Chair, Committee to Promote Employment of the Handicapped, Dorchester County, 1981.
Member, House of Delegates, representing District 37 (Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties), 1983-91. Member, Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1983-86; Environmental Matters Committee, 1987-91.
Member, Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, 1984-90.
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, 2015-.
Born in Easton, Maryland, February 9, 1950. Attended Easton High School, Easton, Maryland; Chesapeake College, A.A., 1982. Served in U.S. Army Security Agency, sergeant, 1969-72 (top secret clearance); good conduct medal. Federalsburg Town Manager, 1991-2015. Dorchester County Republican State Central Committee, 1979-82. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 1988. Board of Directors, Maryland Rural Water Association, 1992- (past vice-president). President, Board of Directors, People for Better Housing, 1993-. President, Board of Directors, Maryland Rural Development Corporation, 2006. Member, Dorchester American Legion Post no. 91; Federalsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars; Cambridge B.P.O. Elks Lodge no. 1272. Social Science Award, Chesapeake College, 1980; Social Science Award, Eastern Community College, 1981. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2010. Outstanding Rural Health Legislator, Maryland Rural Health Association, 2011. Member, Zion United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Maryland. Married; one daughter.
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