Member of House of Delegates, January 9, 1991 to January 10, 2007. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1991-2007 (chair, children & youth subcommittee, 2003-07); Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1993-2007; Joint Legislative Workgroup on Community College Financing, 1994-95; Special Committee on Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility, 2003-04. Chair, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2003-07. Chair, Baltimore City Delegation, 1999-2007. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1991-2007 (vice-chair, 1994-96; chair, law & justice committee, 1998-2000), Women Legislators of Maryland, 1991-2007. Member, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, 1991-2007 (regional chair, 1994-98). National Conference of State Legislatures, 1998-2007 (human services & welfare committee).
Deputy Mayor for Community and Economic Development, Baltimore City, 2006-10.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, December 5, 1940. Attended Baltimore City public schools; Morgan State College, B.S., 1964; University of Maryland, M.S.W., 1972; Howard University, D.S.W., 1988. Fellowship, Foreign Policy Institute, 2001. Assistant professor, Morgan State University, 1972-96. Member, Democratic State Central Committee, 1987-90. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1988. Secretary, National Rainbow Coalition, 1994-96. Chair, Park Heights Development Corporation, 1986-91; National Black Women's Health Project, 1993-94. Board member, Health Education Resource Organization (HERO), Inc. Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; National Organization of Women; Woman Power. Co-Editor, U.S. Policy Toward Southern Africa (1984). Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Social Work and Mental Health, Morgan State University, 1990. African-American Humanitarian Award, 1991. Senator Verda F. Welcome Political Award, 1992. Perseverance Award, Consortium of Doctors, 1992. Delegate of the Year, Middle Atlantic Division, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 1993. Sarah's Circle Award, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 1994. National Legacy Award, Delta Sigma Theta, 1994. Labor Roundtable Award, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, 1999. Chairman's Meritorious Award, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, 2000. Bold Dreamer Award, Quixote Center of Justice USA, 2002. Pacesetters Award, Women Legislators Lobby, 2003. Abolitionist of the Year Award, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, 2003. Woman of the Year, Zonta International, 2005. Member, Trustee, Bethel, African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1997-2004. Two children; two granddaughters.
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