Democrat, District 13, Howard County

    • James Senate Office Building, Room 120


    • 11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401


    • (410) 841-3572, (301) 858-3572


    • 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3572 (toll free)


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    fax: (410) 841-3455, (301) 858-3455


Member of Senate since January 10, 2007. Assistant Deputy Majority Leader, 2008-. Senate Chair, Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative Data Systems, 2008- (member, 2007-). Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 2007- (chair, health & human services subcommittee, 2011-, member, 2007; public safety, transportation & environment subcommittee, 2008-11; pensions subcommittee, 2008-, vice-chair, 2008-10); Joint Committee on Pensions, 2008-. Chair, Senate Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting, 2011-. Member, Senate Special Committee on Ethics Reform, 2012-. Deputy Majority Whip, 2007. Chair, Howard County Senate Delegation, 2008-. Member, National Conference of State Legslatures (communications, financial services & interstate commerce committee, 2007-).

County Executive, Howard County, December 1998 to December 4, 2006. Board of Directors, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, 1998-2006 (chair, 2002). Board of Visitors, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System, 1998-. Member, Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, 2000-06; Public Safety Communications Interoperability Governance Work Group, 2003-06; Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-09; Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, 2008; Commission to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial, 2009-10; Howard County School Board Study Commission, 2011; Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee, Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, 2011-.

Chief of Police, Howard County, 1991-98 (police officer, 1966-91).

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 18, 1941. Raised in Daniels, Maryland. Attended Howard High School; University College, University of Maryland, B.A. (criminal justice); Hood College, M.A. (administration & management). National Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Senior Management Institute for Police and Leadership, Police Executive Research Forum, Howard County. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Member, Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, 2003-. Board of Directors, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. President, Maryland Association of Counties, 2006 (board of directors, 2002; legislative committee). Member, National Association of Counties (justice & public safety steering committee). Good Scout Award, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2001. Senator James Clark, Jr. Award, Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 2002. Preservationist of the Year, Preservation Howard County, 2002. Frank P. Casula Transit Award, Corridor Transportation Corp., 2002. Distinguished Alumnus, University College, University of Maryland, 2002. Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2002. Regional Visionary Award, Greater Baltimore Committee, 2005. Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008, 2009 (certificate of appreciation, 2007, 2010, 2011). Maryland Tourism Advocate Award, Maryland Tourism Council, 2009. Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2010.

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