Democrat, District 1B, Allegany County
Member of House of Delegates, 1987-95, and January 13, 1999 to January 14, 2015. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1987-95, 1999-2015 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 1999-2015). Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 1993-95. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-15; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-15.
Member, Citizens Advisory Board, Joseph D. Brandenburg Center, 1987-91; Governor's Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland, 1999-2002; Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force, 1999-2002; Youth Centers Advisory Board, Department of Juvenile Justice, 2002-. Former member, Task Force for Economic and Community Growth, Allegany County.
Member, Maryland Parole Commission, 2015-.
Born in Cumberland, Maryland, August 18, 1953. Attended Bishop Walsh High School, Cumberland; Frostburg State College, B.S., 1975; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1978. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1980. Attorney. Member, Maryland State and Allegany County Bar Associations. Administrative Hearing Officer, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1986. President, Board of Directors, Cumberland Central Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), 1986-87. Honorary Member, Western Maryland Hunter Safety Instructors' Association, 2003. Former member, Advisory Board, New Dominion School. Western Maryland Community Relations Representative to Maryland Environmental Service. Outstanding Maryland Public Official Award, Chemical Industry Council of Maryland, 1990. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 1991. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland State Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police, 1991, 2009, 2012, 2014. Outstanding Young Marylander Award, Maryland Jaycees, 1992. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland and District of Columbia Professional Firefighters Association, 1993. Defender of Freedom Award, Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, 1993. Defender of Freedom Award, National Rifle Association of America, Inc., 2000. Historic Achievement Award, Westernport Elementary School, 2001. Marylanders for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership Award, 2002. President's Award, Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department, 2004. President's Award, Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department, 2009. Outstanding Service Award, Maryland Sheriffs' Association, 2010. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), 2010. Legislator of the Year Award, Maryland Bail Bond Association, 2011, 2013. Appreciation Award, Medical Claim-Aid on behalf of its Maryland EMS Clients, 2011. Board Proclamation, Allegany County Board of Education, 2012.
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