Member of House of Delegates, January 8, 1975 to January 9, 2019 (representing District 27A, Calvert & Prince George's Counties, 1975-2015; District 23B, Prince George's County, Jan. 14, 2015 to Jan. 9, 2019). Chair, Judiciary Committee, 1993-2019 (member, 1975-93). Member, Drunk and Drugged Driving Task Force, 1988-90; Joint Task Force on Maryland's Procurement Law, 1993-94; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1993-2019; Legislative Policy Committee, 1993-2019; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 1996, 2002. Co-Chair, Task Force to Examine Crime Victims' Rights Laws in Maryland, 1996-2003. Member, Special Committee on Gaming, 2001. Past member, Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Past chair, Prince George's County Delegation (law enforcement committee, 2017-19; past member, law enforcement & state-appointed boards committee). Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2001-19; Maryland Rural Caucus, 2002-19. Member, National Conference of State Legislatures (law & criminal justice committee, 2005-19).
Born in Washington, DC, March 4, 1937. Attended Washington, DC, parochial schools; Benjamin Franklin University, B.C.S. (commercial science) and M.C.S. (commercial science), 1959; Eastern College, Mt. Vernon School of Law (now University of Baltimore School of Law), LL.B., J.D., 1963. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1964. Attorney. Member, American Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association; Prince George's County Bar Association. Past president, Prince George's County Criminal Trial Lawyers Association. Member, Order of Sons of Italy. Inactive member, Painters Local Union no. 1773. Most Valuable Legislator Award, Stephanie Roper Committee, 1994. Legislative Award, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, 1999. Legacy of Excellence in Litigation, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2006. Robert C. Heeney Award, Criminal Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association, 2010. Married; six children; twenty-one grandchildren.
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