[photo, Edith J. Patterson, Maryland State Delegate] EDITH JERRY PATTERSON, Ed.D.
Democrat, District 28, Charles County

Member of House of Delegates since January 14, 2015. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 2015- (election law subcommittee, 2015, 2017-18; finance resources subcommittee, 2015-17; education subcommittee, 2016-19; local revenues subcommittee, 2019, 2021-; revenues subcommittee, 2019; early childhood subcommittee, 2020; chair, racing & gaming subcommittee, 2020-); Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness, 2016-. House Chair, Protocol Committee, 2019. House Chair, Charles County Delegation, 2016-. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2015- (2nd vice-chair, 2016-18; 1st vice-chair, 2018-19); Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2015-. 2nd Vice-President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2021- (member, 2015-; executive board, at large, 2019-21).

Member, Rural Maryland Council, 2015-; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 2015- (executive board, 2015-18, 2021-; 3rd vice-chair, 2016; 2nd vice-chair, 2017; 1st vice-chair, 2018). Member, Task Force to Investigate the Challenges of and Opportunities for Minorities in Business, 2016-18; Task Force to Combat Habitual Student Truancy, 2016-18; Juvenile Services Education Programs Work Group, 2018-20; Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity, Morgan State University, 2018-21.

Member, Board of Education, Charles County, 1983-95 (chair, 1995; past vice-chair).

Member, Board of County Commissioners, Charles County, representing District 2, December 2002 to December 7, 2010 (vice-president, December 2006 to December 7, 2010). Member, Board of Health, Charles County, 2002-10; Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 2006-10; Social Services Board, Charles County, 2008-10. Member, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, 2008, and Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, 2008-10, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, 2010. Member, Congressman Hoyer's Military Review Board; Congressman Owens' National Commission for African American Education.

Member, Maryland Higher Education Commission, 2012-16.

Born in Doswell, Virginia, November 18, 1945. Attended John M. Grandy High School, Ashland, Virginia; Virginia Union University, B.S. (biology & chemistry), 1968; Bowie State College, M.Ed., (guidance & counseling), 1973; George Washington University, Ed.D. (higher education administration), 1991. Counselor, Charles County Community College, 1974-91. Director, Educational Talent Search Program, College of Southern Maryland, 1991-2012 (former counselor). Consultant, U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Congressional Black Caucus, and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. President, GLOBETown Associates, a counsulting service. Former teacher, District of Columbia and Charles County Public Schools. President, Charles County Public Schools Education Foundation. Member, Charles County Democratic Central Committee, 2000- (past chair). Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2016. Past president, Southern Maryland Chain Chapter, The Links, Inc. Member, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Women Opening the Pipeline Award, Congressional Black Caucus Education Braintrust, 2006. Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award, Maryland State Teachers Association, 2007. Women Pioneer Award, Charles County Commission for Women, 2010. Service Award, Charles County Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2011. Service Award, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, 2011. John Thomas Parran Leadership Award, Charles County Democratic Central Committee, 2012. Education Leadership Award, Maryland Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2013. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2017, 2019, 2021. Widow; three children, two grandchildren.

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