Member of House of Delegates, January 13, 1999 to January 14, 2015. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1999-2015 (oversight committee on personnel, 1999-2003; oversight committee on program open space & agricultural land preservation, 1999-2002; vice-chair, transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2003-06, member, 1999-2006; chair, oversight committee on pensions, 2003-06, member, 2003-15; chair, health & human resources subcommittee, 2007-15); Joint Committee on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area, 2003-07; Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Preservation, 2003-15; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2003-15 (house chair, 2003-06); Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2007-11. Chair, Harford County Delegation, 2001-02 (vice-chair, 1999-2000). Member, Maryland Green Caucus, 1999-2015; Women Legislators of Maryland, 1999-2015 (co-chair, legislative committee, 2005-15); Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-15; Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-15; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-15. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (economic development, trade & cultural affairs committee, 2005-07; labor & economic development committee, 2007-15).
Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Attended Havre de Grace High School; University of Maryland, College Park, B.S. (psychology), with honors; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors. Law clerk to Judge Edward S. Northrop, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, 1986-87. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1986. Attorney. Partner, Venable, Baetjer and Howard, 1997-99 (associate, 1989-97). Partner, Litigation Division, Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, 1999-2002. Principal, Law Offices of Mary-Dulaney James, 2003-. Member, American, Federal, Maryland State, Baltimore County, Harford County and Women's Bar Associations. Director and Treasurer, Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Center, Harford County, 1990-98. Director, Dyslexia Society of Maryland, 1991. Director, Harford Land Trust, 1992-98. Member, St. Patrick School Task Force, 1997-; Maryland Advisory Council to Trust for Public Land, 1998-. Legislator of the Year, Health Facilities Association of Maryland, 2008. Married; three children.
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