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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • Frostburg State College, 1974
  • BS, Business Administration, Fairmont State College, 1970

Professional Experience

  • Frostburg State College, 1974
  • BS, Business Administration, Fairmont State College, 1970
  • Member, Garrett County Development Corporation, 1974-present
  • Served, Maryland National Guard, 1970-1976
  • Drafted, Baltimore Colts, 1970

Political Experience

  • Frostburg State College, 1974
  • BS, Business Administration, Fairmont State College, 1970
  • Member, Garrett County Development Corporation, 1974-present
  • Served, Maryland National Guard, 1970-1976
  • Drafted, Baltimore Colts, 1970
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 1, 2007-present
  • Chair, Carroll County Delegation
  • Chair, Garret County Delegation
  • Chair, Allegany County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1998-2007
  • Minority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 1A, 1983-2007
  • Chair, Western Maryland Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2004
  • Chair, Garrett County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1983
  • Member, Grantsville Town Council, 1980-1982
  • Member, Garrett County Board of County Commissioners, 1974-1978
  • Member, Grantsville Town Council, 1972-1974

Former Committees/Caucuses

Mmeber, Youth Centers Advisory Board, Department of Juvenile Services, 2002-present

Member, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, 1983-present

Member, Agriculture and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-present

Former Member, Deep Creek Lake Advisory and Review Committee

Member, Environment Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-present

Former Member, Joint Audit Committee, Maryland State Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Pensions, Maryland State Senate

Member, Marcellus Shale Safe-Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission, 2011-present

Member, National Conference of State Legislatures, Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Member, Pensions Subcommittee of the Budget and Taxation Committee, Maryland State Senate, 2011-2015

Member, Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities, 2013-2014

Member, Standing Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting, Maryland State Senate, 2011-2012

Member, Health, Education, and Human Resources Subcommittee, Maryland State Senate, 2008-2010

Member, Small Business Task Force, 2009

Member, Agriculture, Environment, and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2007-2008

Member, Appropriations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1983-2007

Member, Capital Budget Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1992-2007

Member, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2005-2007

Member, Finance Committee, Maryland State Senate, 2007

Member, Joint Commission on the Maryland Port Administration, 2005-2007

Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007

Member, Joint Committee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, 1991-2007

Member, Management Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007

Member, Oversight Committee on Pensions, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2007

Member, Oversight Committee on Personnel, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007

Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2007

Member, Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2005-2007

Member, Special Joint Commission on Pensions, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2007

Member, Spending Affordability Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007

Member, Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2007

Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005

Member, State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services, 2000-2005

Member, Task Force to Study Public School Facilities, 2002-2004

Chair, Western Maryland Delegation, 1995-2004

Member, Governor's Commission on the Structure and Efficiency of State Government, 2003

House Chair, Joint Committee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1991-2003

Member, Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1995-2003

Member, Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003

Chair, Oversight Committee on Personnel, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Member, Special Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Member, Transportation Task Force, 2003

Member, Governor’s Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland, 1996-2002

Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002

Member, Oversight Committee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1994-2002

Member, Task Force to Study the State's Retiree Health Insurance Liabilities, 2002

Member, Youth Centers Executive Advisory Board, Department of Juvenile Services, 2002

Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001

Member, Transit Policy Panel, 2000

Member Maryland Comprehensive Transit Plan Transit Advisory Panel, 1998-1999

Member, Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, and Funding of the University System of Maryland, 1998-1999

Member, Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, 1995-1998

Member, Western Maryland Economic Development Task Force, 1998

Member, Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997

Member, Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996-1997

Member, Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-1997

Member, Special Joint Task Force on Transportation, 1995-1997

Member, Health and the Environment Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1992-1994

Member, Legislative Committee, Maryland Association of Counties, 1975-1978

Member, Garret County Development Corporation, 1974

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Audit and Evaluation

Member, Budget and Taxation

Member, Executive Nominations

Member, Gaming Oversight

Co-Chair, Legislative Ethics

Member, Legislative Information Technology and Open Government

Member, Legislative Policy

Member, Rules

Member, Spending Affordability

Member, Subcommittee on Capital Budget

Member, Subcommittee on Program Open Space/Agricultural Land Preservation

Member, Subcommittee on Public Safety, Transportation, and Environment

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Frostburg State College, 1974
  • BS, Business Administration, Fairmont State College, 1970
  • Member, Garrett County Development Corporation, 1974-present
  • Served, Maryland National Guard, 1970-1976
  • Drafted, Baltimore Colts, 1970
  • Senator, Maryland State Senate, District 1, 2007-present
  • Chair, Carroll County Delegation
  • Chair, Garret County Delegation
  • Chair, Allegany County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1998-2007
  • Minority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2007
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 1A, 1983-2007
  • Chair, Western Maryland Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2004
  • Chair, Garrett County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1983
  • Member, Grantsville Town Council, 1980-1982
  • Member, Garrett County Board of County Commissioners, 1974-1978
  • Member, Grantsville Town Council, 1972-1974
  • Member, Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service, 2017-present
  • Member, American Legion
  • Member, Lodge 40, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Member, Lonaconing Republican Club
  • Member, National Rifle Association
  • Member, Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
  • Member, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee, National Conference of State Legislators, 2017-2018
  • Member, Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, 2000-2007
  • Delegate, Republican Party National Convention, 2004
  • Member, Citizens Advisory Board for Brandenburg Center, 1991-2000
  • President, Lions Club, 1982-1983
Articles

Letter to Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Maryland State Senate President, and Michael E. Bush, Speaker of the Maryland State House - Maryland Legislative Priorities

Feb. 19, 2015

Gentlemen, Perhaps too forward, but we write as elected officials representing the citizens of Western Maryland. Part of our duty in office is to ensure that the needs of our constituents are fairly considered, including in the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly. Communities in Garrett, Allegany and Washington County share much in common with the rest of our great state, but they also face certain singular challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, many of Western Maryland's traditional economic engines have been in long-term decline, while others remain under intense pressure. We believe that significant action must be taken on behalf of the people of Western Maryland. Our paramount goal is to guarantee that a child growing up in Oakland, Frostburg or Smithsburg has the same opportunities to succeed as any other Marylander. Western Maryland is one of the most beautiful places in the country. However, economic hardship in the region is just as visible as the mountains, rivers and lakes. The good news is that Western Maryland also has a number of advantages, including lower costs, proximity to different markets, stunning natural beauty, and significant transportation resources. The region is also home to local leaders that have been intensely focused on economic issues for some time. With a robust partnership from Annapolis, business owners and workers Western Maryland can deliver. In order to position the region to thrive across the next decade, we the undersigned have come together to focus on certain actions that will benefit the common good of the region, which are reflected in the attached "2015 Western Maryland Agenda." This agenda is not designed to be an inclusive list of all the priorities for the region. In fact, each of the undersigned has other ideas that have tremendous merit and which are not included in the agenda. Instead, we view the agenda as a listing of matters in which there is a clear consensus that we can do more for the common good of citizens of Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. We believe that by improving existing programs, encouraging private sector growth and better integrating the Western Maryland economy with the rest of the state, we can make a difference for our constituents. The heavy lifting on this work will certainly be done by the undersigned Senators and Delegates who represent the Western Maryland communities in the General Assembly, but as a group we are committed to work at the federal and local level to advance these priorities as well. We stand ready to work with you to boost the economy of Western Maryland and improve the quality of life of its residents. We know that as individuals you care deeply about the needs of all Maryland citizens, including Western Marylanders. We hope our efforts will be viewed as a constructive attempt to focus your attention on some of the most significant priorities for Western Maryland. A stronger middle class and a healthier business climate in Western Maryland isn't just good for the region, it's good for the entire state. With our deepest respect and appreciation, we ask that you consider our policy recommendations and we look forward to working with you to better serve our constituents. May God bless you and your work this session, Rep. John K. DelaneyUnited States House of Representatives, Maryland Sixth District Senator George C. EdwardsMaryland Senate, District 1 Delegate Wendell R. BeitzelMaryland House of Delegates, District 1A Delegate Jason C. BuckelMaryland House of Delegates, District 1B Delegate Mike McKayMaryland House of Delegates, District 1C Delegate Brett R. WilsonMaryland House of Delegates, District 2B