[photo, Emmett C. Burns, Jr., State Delegate] EMMETT CARL BURNS, JR. (1940-2022)
Democrat, District 10, Baltimore County

Member of House of Delegates, January 11, 1995 to January 14, 2015. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1995-2003 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 1995-2003). Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1995-2015; Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1999-2015. Deputy Majority Whip, 2003-07. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 2003-15 (corporations work group, 2003-06; property & casualty insurance subcommittee, 2003-10; chair, unemployment insurance subcommittee, 2011-15, member, 2003-15; business regulation subcommittee, 2007-15). Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Unemployment Insurance Oversight, 2011-13. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1995-2015 (chaplain, 1995-2002, 2008-10; chair, ethics committee, 2000; vice-chair, civil rights committee, 2000-15; member, redistricting committee, 2000-15); Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2012-15. Member, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (financial services standing committee; vice-chair, committee on international affairs); National Conference of State Legislatures (communications, financial services & interstate commerce committee, 2007-15).

Member, Governor's Commission on Adoption, 1995; Governor's Task Force on African-American Entrepreneurship in Baltimore City, 1996-99; Task Force to Study the Effects of Cult Activities on Public Senior Higher Education Institutions, 1999; Task Force to Study the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, 1999; Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of Slavery's History and Legacy in Maryland, 2000-11; Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Baltimore County Board of Education, 2011.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, August 26, 1940. Jackson State University, B.S., 1962; Virginia Union University, M.Div., 1968; Presbyterian School of Christian Education, M.R.E., 1969; University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D., 1974. Served in U.S. Air Force, 1975-78 (captain). Former regional director, serving Maryland, Washington and Virginia, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Minister. Pastor and founder, Rising Sun First Baptist Church, Woodlawn, Maryland. Chair, Baltimore Safe Schools Committee, 1991-95. Chair, Social Action Committee, United Baptist Convention of Maryland. Member, National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Married; three sons, five grandchildren. Died in Lochearn, Maryland, March 17, 2022.

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