Member, U.S. House of Representatives, January 3, 1993 through May 31, 2008. Resigned May 31, 2008. Deputy Democratic Whip, 1997-2008. Member, Energy and Commerce Committee, 1997-2008 (telecommunications & the internet, 2003-06; energy & air quality subcommittee, 2003-08; chair, environment & hazardous materials subcommittee, 2007-08, member, 2003-08; former member, energy & power subcommittee; former member, telecommunications, trade & consumer protection subcommittee). Member, Banking and Financial Services Committee, 1993-97; International Relations Committee, 1993-97. Member, Democratic Message Group; Congressional Black Caucus.
Director, Consumer Protection Commission, Prince George's County, 1977-82.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 10, 1951. Attended DuVal High School, Lanham, Maryland; University of Pittsburgh, B.S. (political science), 1973. Intern, U.S. State Department, African Regional Affairs, summer 1972, 1973. Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1977 (chair, Black American Law Student Association); Howard University, graduate studies (public administration). Attorney. Partner, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, 2008-14. Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 2014-. Member, Maryland State Bar Association since 1979; J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. President, Metropolitan Washington Council of Consumer Agencies; Legal Assistance Program, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Board member, Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Member, Coalition on Black Affairs (COBA); Ford Motor Company Consumer Appeals Board; Voter Registration and Education Coalition. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Member, Maple Springs Baptist Church, Capitol Heights, Maryland. Married; two children; one grandchild.
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