Member of Senate, January 12, 2011 to January 9, 2019. Member, Finance Committee, 2011-19 (health subcommittee, 2012-15; property & casualty subcommittee, 2015-17; chair, transportation subcommittee, 2017-19); Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2011-19; Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2015-19; Executive Nominations Committee, 2015-19. Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, 2015-19. Member, Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, 2015-19. Senate Chair, Somerset County Delegation, 2011-19; Worcester County Delegation, 2011-19; Wicomico County Delegation, 2015-19; Eastern Shore Delegation, 2015-19. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2011-19; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2018-19.
Member of House of Delegates, representing District 38B, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, June 12, 2006 to January 12, 2011. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2006; Economic Matters Committee, 2007-11 (banking, economic development, science & technology subcommittee, 2007-11; alcoholic beverages work group, 2007-11; consumer protection & commercial law work group, 2007-11). Chair, Worcester County Delegation, 2007-11.
Member, Task Force on the Availability and Affordability of Property Insurance in Coastal Areas, 2007-08; Maryland Tourism Development Board, 2007-11; Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Work Group, 2008; Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center Advisory Board, 2008-; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2009-11.
Board of Zoning Appeals, Ocean City, 1987-90. Member, City Council, Ocean City, 1990-96.
Mayor of Ocean City, 1996-2006. Member, Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000, 1997-2001; Governor's Task Force on Eastern Shore Economic Development, 1999-2001; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bay, 2002-06; Task Force on Traffic Capacity Across the Chesapeake Bay, 2004-06.
Government and Public Affairs Liaison, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 2019-.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, September 2, 1951. Attended Calvert Hall College High School, Towson, Maryland; University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (political science), 1974. Former small business owner, Ocean City. Business Development Officer, Royal Plus, Inc., 2005-. President, Lower Eastern Shore Mayors Association, 2004. State Chair, WalkAmerica, March of Dimes, 2004. Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow, Center for Dispute Resolution, University of Maryland School of Law, 2012. Member, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, Engine 703. Past chair, Worcester County Ambulance Service Committee; Ocean City Humane Society Commission. Member, Knights of Columbus. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Legislative Leadership Award, Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2013. Outstanding Rural Health Legislator Award, Maryland Rural Health Association, 2015. Paul S. Sarbanes Distinguished Public Service Award, Wicomico County Democratic Central Committee, 2017. Member, St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Ocean City, Maryland. Widower; two children.
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