Society of Senates Past

[Photograph of State Senator]

Democrat, District 11, 42.

Born in Baltimore, June 2, 1916.  Attended Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, Registered Nursing degree; Columbia University, 1939; The Johns Hopkins University, B.S., 1963, M.A., Political Science, 1969; Thesis:  "State Governmental Structure Affecting Enactment and Implementation of a Federal Program:  A Case Study of Medicaid in Maryland."  Married; one daughter.

General Assembly:
Member, House of Delegates, 1967-70.  Member, Liaison Committee to the Constitutional Convention.  Chair, Joint Committee on Medicaid Legislation; Health and Welfare Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Organizer and First Chair, House Democratic Study Group.
Member of Senate, 1970-84.  Majority Floor Leader, 1978-82.  Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1971-82.  Chair, Finance Committee, 1983-84.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served in U.S. Navy Nurses Corps, World War II.  Chair, Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland, 1978-84.  Chair, Humane Practices Commission, 1973-86.  Member, Commission to Study Implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, 1973-78.  Member, Human Resources and Urban Affairs Committee, Southern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments.  State-Federal Assembly Committee on Human Resources, National Conference of State Legislatures, 1977-.  Member, Democratic National Committee, 1979-.  Past President, Maryland Order of Women Legislators.  Director on Aging, 1985-95.  World War II Memorial Commission, 1991-98.  First Citizen Award, 1999.  Received numerous distinguished service awards and citations.

Compiled March 16, 2000 from the biographical files of the Maryland Manual, ©Maryland State Archives and from the curriculum vitae of Rosalie Silber Abrams dated April 1975.
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