[photo, James W. Gilchrist, Maryland State Delegate] JAMES WATERS GILCHRIST
Democrat, District 17, Montgomery County

Member of House of Delegates, January 10, 2007 to January 11, 2023. Member, Environment and Transportation Committee, 2015-23 (local government & bi-county agencies subcommittee, 2015-18; natural resources, agriculture & open space subcommittee, 2015-18; environment subcommittee, 2015-23; chair, land use & ethics subcommittee, 2019-23); Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 2015-23. House Chair, Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2015-23. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2007-11 (education subcommittee, 2007-11; finance resources subcommittee, 2007-08; transportation subcommittee, 2009-11); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2007-11; Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2011; Environmental Matters Committee, 2011-15 (environment subcommittee, 2011-15; housing & real property subcommittee, 2011-15). Deputy Majority Whip, 2015-21. Chair, Land Use, Transportation, and Public Safety Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 2015-23 (vice-chair, county affairs committee, 2013-14, member, 2007-13). Member, Maryland Legislative Transit Caucus, 2019-23; Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2021-23.

Member, Commission on Civic Literacy, 2007-12; Task Force to Explore the Incorporation of the Principles of Universal Design for Learning into the Education Systems in Maryland, 2010-11. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 2018-22. Board of Trustees, Maryland Environmental Trust, 2020-23.

Community Development Officer, Community Development Block Grant Program, Department of Housing and Community Development, 1994-98. Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis, Department of Legislative Services, 1998-2002. Legislative Analyst, Office of Intergovernmental Relations, Montgomery County, 2003-06.

Born in Washington, D.C., May 1, 1965. Attended St. Albans School, Washington, DC; Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, B.A. (english), 1987; The George Washington University, M.B.A., 1993. Research Historian, History Associates, Inc., 1987-91. Chair, Alliance of Rockville Neighborhood Associations, 2003-05. Vice-President, Americana Centre Condominiums, 2004-07. Treasurer, Alliance of Rockville Citizens, 2005-07. Board of Directors, Potomac Area Council, Hostelling International, USA, 2009-14; Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc., 2015-. Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for Leadership, Department of Planning, 2022.

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