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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Samuel I. Rosenberg (b. May 18, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 41. He was first elected to the chamber in 1982. Rosenberg is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Rosenberg's professional experience includes working as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representations Project, Housing Program Coordinator for the Department of Housing and Community Development in Baltimore City, and Producer/Assistant to Program Manager at WJZ-TV.

Education

  • Attended, Baltimore City College
  • JD, Columbia University, 1975
  • BA, Political Science, Amherst College, 1972

Professional Experience

  • Attended, Baltimore City College
  • JD, Columbia University, 1975
  • BA, Political Science, Amherst College, 1972
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1990-present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 1990-present
  • Former Legislative Assistant, United States Capitol
  • Executive Director, Homeless Persons Representations Project, 1989-1990
  • Program Administrator, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1979-1981
  • Producer/Assistant to Program Manager, “Square Off”, WJZ-TV, 1976-1979
  • Program Administrator, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1975-1976

Political Experience

  • Attended, Baltimore City College
  • JD, Columbia University, 1975
  • BA, Political Science, Amherst College, 1972
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1990-present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 1990-present
  • Former Legislative Assistant, United States Capitol
  • Executive Director, Homeless Persons Representations Project, 1989-1990
  • Program Administrator, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1979-1981
  • Producer/Assistant to Program Manager, “Square Off”, WJZ-TV, 1976-1979
  • Program Administrator, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1975-1976
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 41, 1982-present
  • Assistant Majority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2005
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1988, 1996, 2000

Former Committees/Caucuses

Member, State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings, 2011-present

Member, Evaluation Committee for Welfare Reform Pilot Program

Former Vice Chair, Human Services and Welfare Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures

Former Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Policy, Maryland State House of Delegates

Member, Liaison Work Group, Baltimore City Delegation

Former Member, Maryland State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights

Member, Task Force on Welfare Reform Reauthorization, National Conference of State Legislatures

Member, Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2013-2017

Member, Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2015-2017

Member, House Committee on Rules & Executive Nominations, Maryland State General Assembly, 2015-2017

Member, Judiciary Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2013-2017

Member, Spending Affordability Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2011-2017

Chair, Vice Chair’s Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2011-2013

Vice Chair, Ways and Means Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2011-2013

Member, Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2005-2011

Member, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2006-2011

Member, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1993-2011

House Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007-2011

Vice Chair, Judiciary Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2004-2011

Member, Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment, 2008

Member, House Work Group to Study Maryland Law Regarding Access to Firearms and Sharing of Health Information, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007

Member, Joint Audit Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1999-2006

Member, Health and Government Operations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2004

Chair, Public Health Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2004

Member, State Information Technology Board, 2000-2004

Member, Task Force on Child Welfare System Accountability, 2003-2004

Member, Appropriations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1983-2003

Member, Capital Budget Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1992-2003

Chair, Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2003

House Chair, Joint Audit Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1999-2003

Member, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995-2003

House Chair, Joint Committee on Welfare Reform, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1996-2003

Member, Oversight Committee on Personnel, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1993-2003

Member, Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2002

Member, Museum Assistance Review Panel, 1996-2002

Member, Spending Affordability Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2002

Member, Special Commission to Study Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Maryland, 2000-2001

Member, Special Committee on Gaming, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2001

Member, Oversight Committee on the Administration of the HealthChoice Program, 1999

Member, Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland, 1999

Member, Commission on Inadvertent Displacement, 1997-1998

Member, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1993-1998

Member, Maryland Housing Policy Commission, 1996-1997

Member, Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1996-1997

Member, Peabody Institute Oversight Committee, 1990-1996

Chair, Health and the Environment Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1993-1994

Member, Spending Affordability Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1988-1992

House Chair, Joint Expenditure Study Group on Education and Human Resources, Maryland State House of Delegates, 1991

Member, Task Force to Study Incentive Awards Program for State Employees, 1990

Member, Commission on Hereditary Disorders, 1983-1987

Member, Mayor's Task Force for Liaison with General Assembly, 1980-1981

Current Legislative Committees

Co-Chair, Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR)

Member, Health and Government Operations

Co-Chair, Legislative Ethics

Member, Marijuana Legalization Workgroup

Chair, Subcommittee on Government Operations and Estates and Trusts

Member, Subcommittee on Public Health and Minority Health Disparities

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Baltimore City College
  • JD, Columbia University, 1975
  • BA, Political Science, Amherst College, 1972
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1990-present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland School of Law, 1990-present
  • Former Legislative Assistant, United States Capitol
  • Executive Director, Homeless Persons Representations Project, 1989-1990
  • Program Administrator, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1979-1981
  • Producer/Assistant to Program Manager, “Square Off”, WJZ-TV, 1976-1979
  • Program Administrator, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, 1975-1976
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 41, 1982-present
  • Assistant Majority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2005
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1988, 1996, 2000
  • Member, State Early Childhood Advisory Council, 2014-present
  • Former Board Member, Action for the Homeless (now Center for Poverty Solutions)
  • Former Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Former Board Member, Baltimore Jewish Community Council
  • Member, Baltimore Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Member, Bolton Street Synagogue
  • Former Board Member, Citizens Planning and Housing Association
  • Member, Common Cause
  • Member, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Member, Dolfield Democratic Club
  • Member, Hampden Democratic Club
  • Member, Har Sinai Congregation
  • Former Board Member, Jewish Historical Society
  • Member, New Democratic Coalition
  • Former Board Member, Planned Parenthood of Maryland
  • Member, Westside Democratic Club
  • Member, Governor's Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for all Marylanders, 2014-2015
  • Member, Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland, 2013-2014
Policy Positions

Maryland State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Do you support national education standards?
- Yes

2. Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Maryland high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
- Yes

6. Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
- Yes

7. Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
- Yes

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- Repeal of the death penalty

Environment and Energy

1. Do you support state funding for improvements to Maryland's energy infrastructure?
- Yes

2. Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
- Yes

4. Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
- No

5. Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
- Yes

6. Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Gun

1. Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- Yes

2. Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
- No

3. Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
- Yes

4. Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
- Yes

2. Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

4. Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
- Yes

5. Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
- No Answer

6. Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
- Yes

7. Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
- Yes

8. Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Maryland?
- No

Social

1. Should Maryland allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
- Yes

2. Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
- Yes

3. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

4. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Maryland's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

5. Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
- Yes

6. Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

8. Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
- No

Abortion and Reproductive

1. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

2. Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
- Yes

3. Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
- Yes

4. Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
- No

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
- Pro-choice

7. Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
- No

8. Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
- Yes

9. Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
- No

Economic

1. Do you support allowing wine to be shipped directly to Maryland residents?
- Yes

2. Do you support the legalization of table games in Maryland?
- No

3. Do you support construction of the Purple Line light rail project?
- Yes

4. Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

5. Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
- No

6. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- Yes

7. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

8. Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
- Yes

9. Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

10. Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
- Yes

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

1. Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

3. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime and Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- No

2. Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
- Yes

3. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- Yes

4. Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
- Yes

5. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- No

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

7. Do you support requiring first-time DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices?
- No

8. Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
- Yes

Budget, Spending, and Tax

State Spending

Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

1. Education (higher)
- Slightly Increase

2. Education (K-12)
- Slightly Increase

3. Environment
- Slightly Increase

4. Health care
- Slightly Increase

5. Law enforcement
- Slightly Increase

6. Transportation and highway infrastructure
- Slightly Increase

7. Welfare
- Slightly Increase

8. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?

1. Individual
- Yes

2. Political Action Committee
- Yes

3. Corporate
- Yes

4. Political Party
- Yes

Budget, Spending, and Tax

State Taxes

Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

1. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

2. Alcohol taxes
- Greatly Increase

3. Cigarette taxes
- Slightly Increase

4. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

5. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

6. Property taxes
- Maintain Status

7. Sales taxes
- Maintain Status

8. Income taxes (low-income families)
- Maintain Status

9. Income taxes (middle-income families)
- Maintain Status

10. Income taxes (high-income families)
- Maintain Status

Budget Stabilization

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Maryland's budget.

1. Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
- Yes

2. Increasing tuition rates at public universities
- No

3. Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
- Yes

4. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
- No

5. Privatizing certain government services
- Yes

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

7. Tapping into Maryland's "rainy day" fund
- No