[photo, Christopher R. West, Maryland State Senator] CHRISTOPHER R. (CHRIS) WEST
Republican, District 42, Baltimore County & Carroll County

Member of Senate since January 9, 2019 (representing Baltimore County, Jan. 9, 2019 to Jan. 11, 2023; representing Baltimore County & Carroll County since Jan. 11, 2023). Member, Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2019- (member, work group on COVID-19 & housing, 2020); Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2023-. Member, Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019; Senate President’s Advisory Work Group on Equity and Inclusion, 2020-21. Vice-Chair, Baltimore County Delegation, 2019-21.

Member, Governor's Family Violence Council, 2019-21; Juvenile Justice Reform Council, 2019-21; Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, 2019-; Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 2019-; Task Force to Study the Maryland Orphans’ Courts, 2021; Work Group to Study the Transformation of Manufacturing in Maryland's Emerging Digital Economy, 2021-23; State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 2021-.

Member of House of Delegates, January 14, 2015 to January 9, 2019. Member, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2015-19 (estates & trusts subcommittee, 2015-17; insurance subcommittee, 2015-19; health facilities & occupations subcommittee, 2017; health facilities & pharmaceuticals subcommittee, 2017-19; health occupations & long-term care subcommittee, 2017-19); Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019-. Member, Death with Dignity Work Group, 2015; Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2015-19; Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2015-19; Punitive Damages Work Group, 2016-17; Affordable Care Act (ACA) Work Group, 2018. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2015-19.

Member, Commission to Modernize State Procurement, 2016; Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, 2017-.

Member, Maryland State Arts Council, 2004-07 (vice-chair, 2006-07); Governor's Commission on the Administration of Elections, 2005-06; Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, 2005-.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. April 7, 1950. Williams College, B.A., 1972; University of Pennsylvania School of Law, J.D., 1975. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1975; U.S. Supreme Court, 1986; District of Columbia, 2000. Attorney. Legal Counsel, Maryland Republican Party, 1982-96, 1998-2003. Executive Director, Republican State Central Committee, 1996-97. Principal, Semmes, Bowen and Semmes (chair, business law department). Member, American Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association (special committee on court house construction, 2004-13; board of governors, 2008-10, 2013-; judicial appointments committee, 2008-12); Baltimore City Bar Association (chair, young lawyers section, 1986-87; judicial selections committee, 2003-04; law sponsorship committee, 2008-13; president, 2007-08). Fellow, American Bar Foundation (co-chair, maryland fellows, 2009-13); Maryland Bar Foundation; Baltimore Bar Foundation (president, 2005-06). Board of Directors, Baltimore Bar Library, 2007-13. President, Young Victorian Theatre Company, 2001-06. President, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Inc., 2004-06. Board of Directors, Thomas Wilson Foundation; Radio Reading Network of Maryland for the Blind and Disabled; Ruxton Area Foundation. Past president, Ruxton-Riderwood-Lake Roland Area Improvement Association. Member, Emmanuel Episcopal Church (former senior warden; past chair, 125th anniversary capital campaign). Married; one child.

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