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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Tawanna P. Gaines (b. February 1, 1952) is a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 22. She was first appointed to the chamber on December 21, 2001. Gaines is running for re-election in the primary on June 26, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.

Gaines' professional experience includes working as Coordinator of the National Student Exchange Program at the University of Maryland College Park.

Education

  • Attended, Towson University, Realtors Institute of Maryland, Associate Broker, 1981
  • Attended, District of Columbia Teachers College, 1970-1972

Professional Experience

  • Attended, Towson University, Realtors Institute of Maryland, Associate Broker, 1981
  • Attended, District of Columbia Teachers College, 1970-1972
  • Coordinator, National Student Exchange Program for the Office of Dean for Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994-present

Political Experience

  • Attended, Towson University, Realtors Institute of Maryland, Associate Broker, 1981
  • Attended, District of Columbia Teachers College, 1970-1972
  • Coordinator, National Student Exchange Program for the Office of Dean for Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994-present
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 22, 2001-2019
  • Assistant Majority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2015
  • Vice-Chair, Prince George’s County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007-2008
  • Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Representatives, 2003-2007
  • Mayor, Town of Berwyn Heights, 2000-2001

Former Committees/Caucuses

First Vice President, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2013-present

Member, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Committee (WSSC), Prince George’s County Delegation, 2008-present

Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2001-present

Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 2001-present

Member, Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-present

Member, National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, 2011-present

Member, Redistricting and Elections Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2005-present

Vice Chair, Appropriations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2019

Member, Children, Youth, and Families Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2011-2019

Member, Oversight Committee on Personnel, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003-2019

Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2016-2019

Member, Spending Affordability Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2015-2019

Member, Subcommittee on Capital Budget, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2004-2019

Member, Subcommittee on Program Open Space/Agricultural Land Preservation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2015-2019

Chair, Subcommittee on Transportation and the Environment, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007-2019

Member, Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force, 2013

Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, 2010-2012

Member, Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Oversight of Public-Private Partnerships, 2011-2012

Member, Bi-County Committee, Prince George’s County Delegation, 2003-2008

Treasurer, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2006-2007

Vice Chair, Health and Human Resources Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2004-2006

Member, Legislative Committee, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2006

Member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2005

Member, Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2002-2003

Member, Judiciary Committee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2002-2003

Member, Public Safety and Administration Subcommittee, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2003

Appointed Boards Committee, Member, Law Enforcement and State-Appointed Boards Committee, Prince George’s County Delegation, 2002

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Towson University, Realtors Institute of Maryland, Associate Broker, 1981
  • Attended, District of Columbia Teachers College, 1970-1972
  • Coordinator, National Student Exchange Program for the Office of Dean for Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 1994-present
  • Delegate, Maryland State House of Delegates, District 22, 2001-2019
  • Assistant Majority Leader, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2015
  • Vice-Chair, Prince George’s County Delegation, Maryland State House of Delegates, 2007-2008
  • Deputy Majority Whip, Maryland State House of Representatives, 2003-2007
  • Mayor, Town of Berwyn Heights, 2000-2001
  • Member, Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2015-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Prince George’s Hospital Center, 2007-present
  • Member, Executive Board, House of Delegates Speaker’s Society, 2007-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Prince George's Municipal Association, 1999-present
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Dimensions Healthcare System
  • Member, Executive Board, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2004-present
  • Former Community Advisory Committee Member, Prince George's County Board of Education
  • President, Prince George's Elected Municipal Women
  • Member, Task Force to Study Lottery Revenue
  • Treasurer, Women in Government Service
  • Treasurer, Women Legislators of Maryland, 2009-2012
  • Vice-President, Maryland Black Mayors, 1998-2001
  • Secretary, Maryland Mayors, 2000-2001
  • Council Member, Town of Berwyn Heights, 1998-2000
  • President, Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club, 1990-1996

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Woman of the Year, Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club, 1998

Legislative Leadership Award, Maryland Clean Energy Center, 2010

Legislative Champion, Park Advisory Commission, 2012-13

Volunteer of the Year/Community Level, Prince George's County Federation of Parks and Recreation Councils, 2001

Distinguished Legislator Award, Maryland Municipal League, 2009

Legislative Recognition Award, Maryland Association of Counties, 2011