Member of Senate, January 13, 1999 to January 14, 2015. Member, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (formerly Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee), 1999-2001 (environment subcommittee, 1999-2001; licensing & regulatory affairs subcommittee, 1999-2001). Member, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2011, 2012-13; Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2001-15; Joint Committee on Base Realignment and Closure, 2007-11. Minority Whip, 2008-10. Minority Leader, 2011. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2011; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2011; Spending Affordability Committee, 2011; Senate Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting, 2011-12; Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, 2011-15; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2011-15. Senate Chair, Harford County Delegation, 1999-2008. Senate Chair, Cecil County Delegation, 2003-15. Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-15; Taxpayers Protection Caucus, 2003-15; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2004-15. Member, Women Legislators of Maryland, 1995-2015. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (law & criminal justice committee, 2005-15).
Member, House of Delegates, 1995-99, representing District 34 (Harford County). Minority Deputy Whip, 1997-99. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1995-99 (criminal justice subcommittee).
Resident of Abingdon. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, October 27, 1951. Attended Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, West Virginia; West Virginia University, B.S. (journalism & speech), 1973. Former small business owner, realtor, teacher, political columnist, and radio talk-show host. Continuity director, WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Virginia, 1973. Owner and operator, West Shore Indoor Tennis Club, Edgewood, Maryland, 1976-84. Communications coordinator for Maryland, Concerned Women for America, 1985-90 (Maryland representative, 1990-94). Realtor, 1987-91. Member, Chesapeake Professional Women's Network. Chair, Legislative Committee of Countywide Action Team to Fight Underage Drug Use (Harford County), 1996-. Member, Second District Republican Club; Harford County Republican Women's Club; Maryland Federation of Republican Women. Spokesperson, Coalition for Parental Rights and Family Integrity. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 1998, 2009, 2014 (Circle of Excellence). Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008. First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 2019. Married; three daughters; eight grandchildren.
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