Member of Senate, December 21, 2016 to January 9, 2019. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2016-19 (comptroller issues subcommittee, 2017-19; environment subcommittee, 2017-19); Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2017-19; Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, 2017-19; Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight, 2017-19. Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2014-16 (member, 2007-19; 2nd vice-chair, 2010-12; 1st vice-chair, 2012-14). Secretary, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2015-16 (member, 2007-19; executive board, at large, 2009-19; treasurer, 2015).
Member of House of Delegates, January 10, 2007 to December 21, 2016. Member, Appropriations Committee, 2007-16 (public safety & administration subcommittee, 2007-14; oversight committee on pensions, 2007-16; education & economic development subcommittee, 2015); Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight, 2011-16; Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013. Deputy Majority Whip, 2015-16. Member, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2015-16; Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, 2016.
Member, Abuser Registry Work Group (DHMH), 2012; Special Review Committee on Coppin State University, 2012-13; Mayor's Council on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises, Baltimore City, 2012-16; Pimlico Community Development Authority, 2015-16.
Member, Foster Care Review Board, Baltimore City, 1985.
Born in Alexandria City, Alabama. University of Baltimore, B.S. (business management), 1975; Coppin State College, M.A. (criminal justice), 1976. Deputy Administrator, District Court of Maryland, 1979-80; Supreme Bench, Baltimore, 1980-82; Circuit Court, Baltimore, 1982-85. Teacher/Educator, Division of Corrections, 1981-88. Adjunct Professor, Community College of Baltimore, 1983-85; Dundalk Community College, 1987-; Anne Arundel Community College, 1987-90. Founder and Executive Director, Self Pride, Inc., 1990-. Talk show host, WEAA Radio, 1990-. Member, Baltimore City Democratic Central Committee, 2010-14. Co-founder, Minority Women Business Owners Association; Employee Assistance Program Professionals; Maryland Coalition of Women for Responsive Government. Author, And Still I Cry (1992); Pursuing Your Passion: Things They Don't Tell You About Entrepreneurship and Being the Boss (1996). Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2010. Business Woman of the Year, Ujima Society, 1992. Woman of the Year, 100 Black Women, 1992. Women of Enterprise Award, U.S. Small Business Administration, 1995. Maryland Women's Hall of Fame, 1996. Small Business Owner Achievement Award, National Business League, 1996. Welfare-to-Work Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business Administration, 1999. Visionary Award, African-American Women in Business, 2002. Creating Self Sufficiency Award, Workforce Development Coalition, 2002. Tree of Life Award, Breast Cancer Awareness Association, 2003. Passing the Torch Legacy Award, African-American Real Estate Professionals, Inc., 2003. Achievement Award, National Public Housing Residents' Association, Inc., 2003. Distinguished Service Award, Black Professional Women, Inc., 2004. Woman of the Year, Zonta International, Inc., 2006. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2009. Member, Bethel African American Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland (board of trustees). Married; four children.
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