Member, Park and Recreation Board, St. Mary's County, 1979-; County Hospital Board, St. Mary's County, 1982-. Member, 7th Judicial Nominating Commission, 1980-86; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 1987- (chair, 1994-95; 2nd vice-chair, 2013-); Subcommittee on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits of Governor's Commission on Health Care Policy and Financing, 1988-89; Interdepartmental Committee on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits, 1990-91; Partnership for Workforce Quality Advisory Board, 1990-2003; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 1991- (executive committee; vice-chair, 2005, 2008; chair, 1998; co-chair, bi-state blue crab advisory committee, 1996-2003); Maryland Veterans Home Commission, 1992-2003; 2004-; U.S. 301 South Corridor Transportation Study Task Force, 1994-95; Task Force to Review the State's Election Law, 1995; Forvm for Rural Maryland, 1995-2003. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Motor Vehicle Liens, Regulation of Towing Practices, and the Disposition of Unclaimed Vehicles, 1997. Member, Task Force to Study Bank Charter Modernization, 1997-98; Task Force to Study Comprehensive Licensing of Automotive-Related Industries, 1998; State Use Industries Advisory Committee, 1998-99 (chair, 1999); Task Force on Tobacco Crop Conversion in Maryland, 1999. Chair, State Use Industries Management Council, 1999-2005. Member, Historic St. Mary's City Commission, 1999-2015; Patuxent River Oil Spill Citizens Advisory Committee, 2000-02; Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, 2000-15. Co-Chair, Study Panel on Funding Needs of Trauma Centers, 2001-03. Member, Blue Crab Task Force, 2003-15. Chair, Maryland Correctional Enterprises Management Council, 2006-07. Member, Commission to Study Southern Maryland Transportation Needs, 2007-08.
Member, Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 2015-; Maryland Veterans Home Commission, 2015-.
Born in Leonardtown, Maryland, January 13, 1936. Attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy, Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Served in Maryland National Guard (sergeant), 1952-60. Partner, Cross and Wood Insurance Brokers, 1993-. Owner and operator, Wood's Food Rite, 1962-93. Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association, 1976-83 (president, 1980). Member, Charles County and St. Mary's County Democratic Clubs; Rescue Squad, Mechanicsville Fire Department; Mechanicsville and 7th District Optimist Clubs; Mechanicsville Moose. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 1995. Special Category Hall of Fame Inductee, Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen's Association, 2004. Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, 2008. William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award, Comptroller of Maryland, 2014. Married; nine children, twenty-six grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren.
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