[photo, Shane E. Pendergrass, Maryland State Delegate] SHANE E. PENDERGRASS
Democrat, District 13, Howard County

Member of House of Delegates, representing District 13, Howard County, January 11, 1995 to January 11, 2023. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 1995-2002 (workers' compensation subcommittee, 1995-96; health insurance subcommittee, 1996-2002; vice-chair, science & technology subcommittee, 1999-2002); Joint Technology Oversight Committee, 2000-03; House Facilities Committee, 2003-06; Medical Malpractice Insurance Work Group, 2004; Joint Legislative Task Force on Small-Group Market Health Insurance, 2005-07. Deputy Majority Leader, 2007. Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2003-06; Legislative Policy Committee, 2007-23; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2007-23. House Vice-Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, 2011-14 (member, 2003-05). Member, Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 2014. House Chair, Death with Dignity Work Group, 2015. Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee, 2017-22 (member, 2003-23; health insurance subcommittee, 2003-04; long-term care subcommittee, 2003-04; pharmaceuticals subcommittee, 2003-05; minority health disparities subcommittee, 2006; chair, health occupations subcommittee, 2005; chair, insurance subcommittee, 2005-17, member, 2004-17; member, health facilities & occupations subcommittee, 2007-14; estates & trusts subcommittee, 2015-17; vice-chair, 2007-17). Member, Joint Covid-19 Response Legislative Work Group, 2020-21. Chair, Howard County Delegation, 1997-2000, 2005-07. Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1995-2023 (endorsement committee, 2001-23); Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2019-23. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (commerce & communications committee, 1995-2002; women's legislative network, 1995-2023; health committee, 2002-23; health chairs committee, 2005-23; health information technology champions (HITCH), 2006-23).

Member, State Commission on Neighborhoods, 1995-96; Task Force on Access to Mental Health Services, 2003-04; State Advisory Council on Pain Management, 2003; Task Force to Study Electronic Health Records, 2005-07; Work Group on Rural Health Care Delivery, 2017.

Member, County Council, Howard County, 1986-94 (chair, 1989, 1990, 1993).

Born in Los Angeles, California, March 1950. University of Illinois, B.F.A. (fine arts), cum laude, 1973, M.A. (fine arts), 1974. Art instructor, Aurora University, 1974-75; art teacher, Severn School, 1974-75; art therapist, Children's Unit, Edgemont Hospital, 1977 (program coordinator, 1978). Outstanding Individual Award, The Arc of Howard County, 2000. Tera Partner Award for spearheading creation of Howard County Technology Incubator, Center for Business and Technology Development, 2000. Conservationist of the Year, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 2001. Hannah G. Solomon Award, Howard County Chapter, National Council of Jewish Women, 2001. Legislator of the Year, Maryland Cares, 2002. Senator James Clark Award for distinguished public service to the people of Columbia, Howard County Democratic Party, 2003. Outstanding Conservation Award, Audubon Society of Central Maryland, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012. Legislative Sponsor Award, Maryland Children's Action Network, 2005, 2006. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2005. Eugene McCreary Award, Maryland Optometric Association, 2005. Advocacy Award, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, 2006. The Ruth Keeton Award for dedicated service to the Citizens of Howard County, Howard County Women's Bar Association, 2007. Certificate of Appreciation, Howard County NAACP Youth Council, 2009. Public Policy Champion of the Year, Maryland Works, Inc., 2013. Leadership Award, Compassion & Choices, 2015. Leadership Award, Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, 2017. Leadership Award, Health Care for All, 2018. Married; two children.

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