[photo, Tawanna P. Gaines, Maryland State Delegate] TAWANNA P. GAINES
Democrat, District 22, Prince George's County

Member of House of Delegates, December 21, 2001 to October 4, 2019. Resigned October 4, 2019. Vice-Chair, Appropriations Committee, 2015-19 (member, 2003-19; public safety & administration subcommittee, 2003; oversight committee on personnel, 2003-19; vice-chair, health & human resources subcommittee, 2004-06; chair, transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2007-19; chair, capital budget subcommittee, 2019, member, 2004-19). Member, Judiciary Committee, 2002-03 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 2002-03). Deputy Majority Whip, 2003-07. Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2005; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2011-19. Assistant Majority Leader, 2015-16. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2016-18; Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2015-19; Spending Affordability Committee, 2015-19. Vice-Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2007-08 (law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee, 2002; bi-county committee, 2003-08, 2015-16; washington suburban sanitary commission committee, 2008-12; county affairs committee, 2013-14; education committee, 2017-19). Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 2001-19; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2001-19 (executive board, 2004-19; legislative committee, 2006; treasurer, 2006-07, 2009-12; president-elect, 2013-14; president, 2014-15); Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-19. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (redistricting & elections committee, 2005-19).

Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, 2010-12; Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Oversight of Public-Private Partnerships, 2011-12; National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, 2011-19; Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force, 2013. Chair, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2019 (member, 2015-19; vice-chair, 2018).

Council member, Town of Berwyn Heights, 1998-2000. Mayor, Town of Berwyn Heights, 2000-01. Former member, Community Advisory Committee, Board of Education, Prince George's County.

Born in Washington, DC, February 1, 1952. Attended District of Columbia Teachers College, 1970-72. Coordinator, National Student Exchange Program, Office of Dean for Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994-19. Vice-President, Maryland Black Mayors, 1998-2001. Secretary, Maryland Mayors, 2000-01. President, Prince George's Elected Municipal Women. Treasurer, Women in Government Service. President, Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club, 1990-96. Board of Directors, Prince George's Municipal Association, 1999-19; Prince George's Hospital Center, 2007-19. Executive Board, House of Delegates Speaker's Society, 2007-19. Former member, Board of Directors, Dimensions Healthcare System. Woman of the Year, Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club, 1998. Volunteer of the Year/Community Level, Prince George's County Federation of Parks and Recreation Councils, 2001. Distinguished Legislator Award, Maryland Municipal League, 2009 (certificate of appreciation, 2007, 2008; municipal super star, 2010, 2011). Legislative Leadership Award, Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2010. Legislative Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2011. Legislative Champion, Park Advisory Commission, 2012-13. Casper R. Taylor, Jr. Founder's Award, House of Delegates, 2015. Two children.

On October 17, 2019, Ms. Gaines pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of wire fraud. On January 3, 2020, she was sentenced to six months in federal prison for wire fraud. The sentence, to begin February 24, added three years supervised probation, two months home detention, and restitution of $22,565 to be paid.

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