Democrat, District 22, Prince George's County
Member of House of Delegates since January 9, 1991. Chair, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2013- (member, 1998-2006). Member, Environment and Transportation Committee, 2015- (housing & real property subcommittee, 2015-; motor vehicle & transportation subcommittee, 2017-; chair, local government & bi-county agencies subcommittee, 2015-); Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 2019-. Member, Joint Expenditure Study Group on Law Enforcement and Transportation, 1991; Joint Study Group on Transportation and Lottery Revenues, 1991; Ways and Means Committee, 1991-2006 (vice-chair, 1997-2006; chair, vice-chair's subcommittee, 1997-2006). House Chair, Task Force on Telecommunications Taxes, 1994. Member, Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97. House Chair, Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997. Member, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2003; Special Committee on Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility, 2003-04; Spending Affordability Committee, 2003-07. House Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2007-12. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 2007-15 (ground rent work group, 2007; housing & real property subcommittee, 2007-15; motor vehicle & transportation subcommittee, 2007-10; chair, local government & bi-county subcommittee, 2007-15). Member, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2015- (bi-county committee, 1991-2002, 2008-14; law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee, 2003-07; maryland-national capital park & planning commission committee, 2008-12). President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2021- (member, 1991-; legislative committee, 2006; secretary, 2016-18; 2nd vice-president, 2018-19; 1st vice-president, 2018-19; vice-president, 2020-21). Member, Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2004-; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-; Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus, 2015, 2019-; Maryland Legislative Transit Caucus, 2019-. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (budgets & revenue committee, 2005-).
Member, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program Board, 2019-.
Member, Governor's Commission on Adoption, 1995; Task Force on Multiracial Designations, 1997; Foster Care Review Board Task Force, 1997-98; Task Force to Evaluate the Development and Construction of a Magnetic Levitation Transportation System (MAGLEV) in Maryland between Baltimore and the District of Columbia, 2002-03; Task Force to Study a Post-Labor Day Start Date for Maryland Public Schools, 2013-14; Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee, 2016-17, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Task Force to Study Recording Deeds for Victims of Domestic Violence, 2016-17.
Member, City Council, City of Hyattsville, representing Ward 2, 1987-90.
Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, January 2, 1951. Attended Cathedral High School, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Marywood College, B.A., 1972; Catholic University, M.A., 1974. Writer and editor. Former reporter, college English instructor. Former newspaper editor, Catholic Review (Baltimore); Prince George's Post-Sentinel; Prince George's Post. Member, American Cancer Society (local board, 1987); Prince George's County Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1987; Prince George's County Public Relations Association, 1989-. Member, Washington Independent Writers (board of directors, 1989-90). Member, Hyattsville Historic Preservation Association; Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Democratic Club; National Alliance on Mental Health. Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2010 (certificate of appreciation, 2008, 2009, 2011). Member, St. Jerome Catholic Church, Hyattsville, Maryland. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2017. Legislative Champion Award, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2018. Married; two children.
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