HENRY B. (HANK) HELLER (1941-2021)
Democrat, District 19, Montgomery County
Member of House of Delegates, January 14, 1987 to January 12, 2011. Member, Ways and Means Committee, 1987-96, 1999-2006 (transportation subcommittee, 1999-2000; tax & revenue subcommittee, 2001-03; education subcommittee, 2003-, chair, 1994-96; election law subcommittee, 2003-04; children & youth subcommittee, 2004-06); Special Joint Committee on the Medical Assistance Program, 1988-92; Joint Expenditure Study Group on Education and Human Resources, 1991. Co-Chair, Joint Study Group on Education and Local Government Revenues, 1991. Member, Spending Affordability Committee, 1991-94. House Chair, Advisory Commission on Federal-State-Local Relations, 1993-94. Member, Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996-97. House Chair, Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds, 1995-2011. House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1996-2006, 2007-11 (member, 1989-95, 2007-11). Member, Appropriations Committee, 1997-99, 2007-11 (health & human resources subcommittee, 1997-99; capital budget subcommittee, 1999; vice-chair, oversight committee on pensions, 1998-99; education & economic development subcommittee, 2007-11, vice-chair, 2009-11; oversight committee on pensions, 2007-11; capital budget subcommittee, 2009-11). Member, Special Joint Committee on Pensions, 1999, 2007-11. Member, Special Committee on Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility, 2003-04. Member, Land Use and Transportation Committee, Montgomery County Delegation, 2007-11 (vice-chair, delegation, 1991-93; chair, bi-county committee, 1999-2000; vice-chair, county affairs committee, 2003-04, member, transportation committee, 2005-07). Member, Maryland Green Caucus, 1996-2011; Maryland Fire, Rescue, and EMS Caucus, 2003-11; Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2004-11; Maryland Educators Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Labor Caucus, 2005-11. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (education committee).
Member, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (metropolitan development policy committee), 1989-90; Governor's Commission on Black Males (chair, education subcommittee), 1990-95. Chair, Governor's Commission on Disruptive Youth, 1993-94. Member, Partnership Policy Council on Block Grants, 1996-98; Special Committee to Study Issues Related to Class-Size Reduction, 1998-99; Task Force on the Privatization of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, 1998-99; Southern Regional Education Board, 1998-2011 (legislative advisory council, 1998-2011; executive committee, 2002-11; finance committee, 2005-11); Montgomery County School Board Composition Task Force, 2000-01; Community College Students with Disabilities Task Force, 2005.
Born in Washington, DC, August 14, 1941. Attended Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda, Maryland; Montgomery College, A.A., 1962; Frostburg State College, B.S., 1964; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, M.A., 1982, Ed.D., 1985. Management and budget specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools. Member, Wheaton Citizens Advisory Board. President, Montgomery County Education Association; Montgomery College Alumni Association; Wheaton Woods Citizens Association; Aspen Hill Civic Association. Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, Montgomery College Alumni Association, 1996. Honorary degree, Montgomery College, 2010. Distinguished Service Award, Montgomery County Public Schools, 2014. Alan L. Brenner Award, Cornerstone Montgomery, 2016. Recipient of awards from Phi Delta Kappa; Alpha Psi Omega. Married; two sons, six grandchildren. Died in Sandy Spring, Maryland, February 17, 2021.
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