Secretary of Health, February 2, 2018 to December 1, 2020. Retired December 1, 2020. Acting Secretary, January 9 to February 2, 2018.
Member of Senate (Democrat),* representing District 33, Anne Arundel County, December 1996 to January 8, 2003. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1996-2003 (capital budget subcommittee, 1997-2003; chair, education, business & administration subcommittee, 2000-03). Member, Task Force to Study County Property-Tax Setoffs and Related Fiscal Issues, 1997; Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1997-99; Special Committee on Gaming, 2001-02; Spending Affordability Committee, 2001-03; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2002; Legislative Policy Committee, 2002-03; Task Force to Study the State's Retiree Health Insurance Liabilities, 2002-03.
Member, Task Force to Study Retail Electric Competition and the Restructuring of the Electric Utility Industry, 1997-98; Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland, 1998-99; Task Force to Study Increasing the Availability of Substance Abuse Programs, 1998-2001 (availability committee); Commission on Transportation Investment, 1999; Strategic Committee on the State Plan for Higher Education, 1999-2001; Task Force on Regulatory Reform, 1999-2001; Transit Policy Panel, 2000; Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on the Financing of Early Child Care and Education, 2000-01; Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and Excellence, 2000-02; Commission on Maryland's Fiscal Structure, 2002-03.
Member, House of Delegates, 1975-87, representing District 33 (Anne Arundel County). Minority Leader, 1983-87. Member, Appropriations Committee, 1975-87. Minority Whip, 1978-83. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 1979-87; Joint Budget and Audit Committee, 1979-87; Savings and Loan Oversight Committee, 1986.
Legislative assistant to Senate Minority Leader, 1972-74. Member, Maryland Transportation Authority, 1987-90. Chair, Governor's Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1989-90.
County Executive, Anne Arundel County, 1990-94. Board of Trustees, Chesapeake Bay Trust, 1991-93. Chair, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 1992-93.
Chair, State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, 2005-12. Member, Spending Affordability Committee, 2006-15; Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, 2008-10. Chair, Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland, 2013-14. Chair, Governor's Salary Commission, 2014-16 (member, 2005-16). Member, Governor-elect's Transition Team, 2014-15. Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2015-.
Director and Senior Advisor, Office of Transformation and Renewal, Office of Governor, 2016-18. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Trust, 2016-.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, June 26, 1948. Attended Anne Arundel County public schools; U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School, 1967. Served in U.S. Navy, 1967-68. U.S. Military Academy, 1968-69; Anne Arundel Community College, A.A., 1971; University of Maryland, B.A., 1972; University of Baltimore School of Law, 1973-74. General manager, Davidsonville Supply Company, 1969-82. Commercial Loan Officer, Annapolis Banking and Trust Company, 1982-86. Vice-President for External Affairs, The Johns Hopkins Health System, 1987-90. Owner, Robert R. Neall and Associates, management consulting firm, 1994-98. Director of Finance, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, 1997-2004. Chief Executive Officer, Priority Partners, 2004-16. Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 1984, 1992. Board of Trustees, Maryland Historical Society, 1991-93. Board of Directors, Maryland Association of Counties, 1990-94. Christian Citizen of the Year Award, United Christian Citizens, 1975. Charles Carroll Award, Maryland Republican Party, 1984. Maryland's Best State Legislator Award, Baltimore Magazine, 1986. Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Maryland, 1987. Governor's Service to Youth Award, 1991. Aris T. Allen Lifetime Achievement Award, Anne Arundel County Republican Party, 1994. Legislative Achievement Award, Maryland Association of Retarded Citizens, 1998. Appreciation Award, Maryland Municipal League, 1998. Legislator Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2000. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2001. Married; four children; ten grandchildren.
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