Society of Senates Past

[Photograph of State Senator]

Democrat, District 15.

Born in Washington, D.C., October 22, 1933.  Attended Washington and Lee University, B.S., 1955; George Washington Law School, J.D., 1958.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1964.

General Assembly:
Member, House of Delegates, 1971-74.  Member of Senate, 1975-94.  Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee, 1979-94; Spending, Affordability Committee; Joint Committee on Income Tax Reform. Member, Rules Committee; Legislative Policy Committee; Joint Budget and Audit Committee; Joint Committee on Management of Public Funds.  Past member, Special Joint Committee on Legislative Data Systems; Task Force on Catastrophic Liability Insurance Fund and Reinsurance Exchange.  Southern Legislative Conference; Chair, Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee.  National Conference of State Legislatures; Fiscal Affairs & Oversight Committee; Vice-Chair, Pensions Committee.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Partner, Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC.  Member, Commission on Compensation and Personnel Policies, 1979-86.  Vice-Chair, Maryland Committee on Federal Income Tax Conformity, 1982-83.  Member, Task Force on School Construction Finance, 1987; Task Force to Study Revision of Inheritance and Estate Tax Laws, 1987; Advisory Council on Legal Services to the Poor, 1987-88; Program Open Space Allocation Committee.  Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation.  Board of Trustees, Greater Washington Jewish Community Foundation.  Member, Gubernatorial Commission on School Construction Programs, Agricultural Land Preservation, Condominiums, Compensation and Personnel Policies, and Federal Income Tax Conformity.  Member, Southern Legislative Conference Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee.  National Conference of State Legislatures; Vice-Chair, Pensions Committee; Member, Fiscal Affairs and Oversight Committee.  Chair, Judicial Compensation Commission.  Chair, B'nai B'rith Public Policy Committee Potomac Region.  Board, Maryland College of Art and Design; Maryland Citizens for the Arts; Jewish Council for Aging.

Compiled March 16, 2000  from the biographical files of the Maryland Manual, ©Maryland State Archives and from materials submitted by Senator Levitan dated August 26, 1999.  See also MSA SC 5252 (Senator Laurence Levitan Collection), a video and scrapbook collection.
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