Member of House of Delegates, January 14, 1987 to January 14, 2015. Member, Economic Matters Committee, 1987-93 (unemployment insurance subcommittee); Special Joint Committee on Energy Pricing, 1990-91; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1993-2006 (vice-chair, 1993). Chair, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1999-2003 (vice-chair, 1994-98). Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 1999-2015; Speaker's Advisory Committee on Legislative Redistricting, 2001-02; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002, 2003; Economic Matters Committee, 2003-06 (alcoholic beverages work group, 2003-06; banking, economic development, science & technology subcommittee, 2003-06; chair, workers' compensation subcommittee, 2003-06). Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2003-06. House Chair, Workers' Compensation Benefit and Insurance Oversight Committee, 2003-06. Member, Appropriations Committee, 2007-15 (oversight committee on personnel, 2007-15; capital budget subcommittee, 2011; vice-chair, public safety & administration subcommittee, 2011-12, member, 2007-12; transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2013-15). Chair, St. Mary's County Delegation, 1999-2002. Chair, Southern Maryland Delegation, 2003-06. Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-15 (chair, 2002-04); Maryland Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-15; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-15.
Member, Appellate Courts Judicial Nominating Commission, 2015-; Maryland Veterans Home Commission, 2015-.
Born in Leonardtown, Maryland, January 13, 1936. Attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy. 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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