Member of House of Delegates, 1987-1999. Member, Judiciary Committee, 1987-92; Tort and Insurance Reform Oversight Committee, 1988-90; Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1991-92. Majority Leader, 1991-93. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1991-93; Spending Affordability Committee, 1991-93; Legislative Policy Committee, 1991-93 (management subcommittee); Appropriations Committee, 1993 (education & transportation subcommittee). House Co-Chair, Joint Task Force on Maryland's Procurement Law, 1993-94. Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1994-97 (chair, procurement subcommittee); Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1994-99; Ways and Means Committee, 1997-99 (education subcommittee). House Chair, Joint Audit Committee, 1998-99.
Member, State Ethics Commission, 2000-04; Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, 2008-14. Board of Directors, University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, 2012-19. Board of Visitors, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical System. Member, Citizens' Advisory Board for Legislative Ethics, 2017-. Chair, Task Force to Study State Alcohol Regulation, Enforcement, Safety, and Public Health, 2018-19.
Member, Governor's Salary Commission, 2021-.
Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, June 17, 1959. Attended North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown, Maryland; Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1981; University of Melbourne (international affairs), 1981 (rotary international graduate fellowship, 1981); Washington and Lee University, J.D., 1985. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1985. Trial lawyer. Principal, Poole & Kane, P.A. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Washington County Bar Association (secretary, 1986; bar & bench committee). Chair, State Central Committee, Maryland Democratic Party, 2015-17 (interim chair, 2015). First President, United Democratic Club of Washington County. Co-author, Best Brief in Nation, Jessup International Moot Court Competition, 1984. Member, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1990-. Outstanding Young Marylander, Maryland Jaycees, 1991. Church Council, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Maryland. Married; one son.
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