SENATE


[photo, Melony G. Griffith, State Senator] MELONY GHEE GRIFFITH
Democrat, District 25, Prince George's County



Member of Senate since January 9, 2019. President Pro Tem, 2020-. Member, Budget and Taxation Committee, 2019- (education, business & administration subcommittee, 2019; chair, pensions subcommittee, 2019-, member, 2020-; member, capital budget subcommittee, 2020-; health & human services subcommittee, 2020-); Executive Nominations Committee, 2019-; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 2019-; Spending Affordability Committee, 2019-. Senate Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2019-. Member, Legislative Policy Committee, 2020-; Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2020-; Joint Covid-19 Response Legislative Work Group, 2020-. Member, Marijuana Legalization Work Group, 2019; Senate Presidentís Advisory Work Group on Equity and Inclusion, 2020-21. Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, 2019-; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2019-; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2019-.

Member, Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational, and Social Services, 2020-21; Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity, Morgan State University, 2020-21; Procurement Improvement Council, 2021-.

Member of House of Delegates, January 13, 1999 to January 14, 2015. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1999-2002 (civil law & procedure subcommittee, 1999-2002); Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 1999-2003; Appropriations Committee, 2002-15 (public safety & administration subcommittee, 2002-03; transportation & the environment subcommittee, 2003-06; education & economic development subcommittee, 2007-15; vice-chair, capital budget subcommittee, 2003-15; chair, oversight committee on pensions, 2007-15, member, 2002-15); Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007. House Chair, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 2007-15 (member, 2003-15). Member, House Emergency Medical Services Work Group, 2009-12. House Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2008-12 (county affairs committee, 1999-2006; chair, bi-county committee, 2007-08; member, law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee, 2008-; chair, alcohol work group, 2013-). Member, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), 1999-2015 (chair, environmental committee, 2000; member, education committee, 2000-15); Women Legislators of Maryland, 1999-2015.

Member, Maryland State Arts Council, 2003-15. Co-Chair, Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Retiree Health-Care Funding Options, 2007-09.

Born in Abilene, Texas, June 5, 1963. Attended Charles M. Russell High School, Great Falls, Montana; Eastern Montana College, B.S. (psychology, criminology, rehabilitation), 1985; Howard University, M.S.W., 1987. Clinical social worker, public health specialist, and workshop facilitator. Project coordinator, National Basketball Players Association Health Education Project, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992-93. Senior Program Officer, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC, 1998-2004. Director, Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives, Prince George's County Health Dept., 2004-06, 2008-09. Director, Office of Prevention and Community Outreach, Prince George's County Health Dept., 2006-08. Vice-President for Governmental and External Affairs, Greater Baden Medical Services, 2009-18. Deputy Director, Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council, 2016-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000. Two sons.

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