Member of House of Delegates, January 13, 1999 to June 30, 2004. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1999-2004 (gaming law & enforcement subcommittee, 1999-03; juvenile law subcommittee, 2003-04; ranking minority member, 2003-04); Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2003-04. Deputy Minority Whip, 2002. Assistant Minority Leader, 2003. Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1999-2004 (member, legislative committee, 2001-04).
Paralegal in family, criminal and real estate law, 1977-85, 1993-98. Journalist, Baltimore Sun, 1985-88; The Carroll County Times, 1988-90. Volunteer, Historical Society of Carroll County (writing biographies of Carroll County Vietnam veterans), 1994-97. Campaign manager for Jerry F. Barnes, Carroll County State's Attorney, 1994. Member, Tri-District Republican Club (president, 1995-96; president-elect, 1998-99). Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2008 (platform committee). Member, Worcester County Republican Central Committee, 2010-14. Member, Maryland Taxpayers' Association; National Association of Legal Assistants; Citizens Against Government Waste; Citizens Against Big Charter Government; Americans for Tax Reform. School Bell Award, Maryland State Teachers' Association, 1988 (sustained coverage), 1989 (spot news). Distinguished Journalism Award, Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, Maryland Chapter, 1989. Honorable Mention, Features Award, Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, 1989..
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