JOHN N. BAMBACUS
Republican, District 1.
Born in Washington, D.C., May 28, 1945. Attended Montgomery Junior College; Frostburg State College, B.S., 1970; West Virginia University, M.S., 1972; University of Maryland, Ph.D. candidate, 1972-75.
Member of Senate, 1983-91. Member, Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee; Joint Committee on Federal Relations; Joint Committee on Education.
Private Career and Other Public Service:
Sergeant in U.S. Marine Corps, 1964-67; Vietnam veteran. Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science Department, Frostburg State University, present; instructor since 1970. Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr., 1979-82. Director, Public Affairs Institute. Member, Governor's Task Force on Volunteer Fire, Rescue and Ambulance Companies; Frostburg City Council, 1976-78. Board of Directors, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland; Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission; Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission; Frostburg Community Hospital, 1976-; Frostburg State University Foundation, 1981-. President, World Whitewater Championships, Inc., 1987-1992. Mayor of Frostburg, 1994-present. Member, Rotary Club; American Legion; VFW; Vietnam Veterans of America. Frostburg State College Alumni Achievement Award.
Personal Comments and Observations:
The most controversial issue with which Senator Bambacus dealt while in the Maryland senate was the 1990 abortion debate and eight-day filibuster. He believes that his most important contribution was in the area of education policy.
Compiled March 16, 2000 from the biographical files of the Maryland Manual, ©Maryland State Archives and from a telephone interview with Senator Bambacus on February 4, 2000.