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Delegate Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk

District
21
County
Prince George's and Anne Arundel
Committee Assignment(s)
Health and Government Operations Committee (Vice Chair)
Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
Annapolis Info
241 House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone 410-841-3502 | 301-858-3502
Toll-free in MD 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3502
Fax 410-841-3342 | 301-858-3342
Interim Info
P.O. Box 1251
College Park, MD 20741
Phone 410-841-3502 | 301-213-3604
Fax 410-841-3342
Contact
joseline.pena.melnyk@house.state.md.us
Party
Democrat
Tenure
First elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, 2006. Member of the House since 2007.
Current Assignments
2019 Vice Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee (Member 2007-)
2020 Government Operations and Health Facilities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee
2015 Chair, Public Health & Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operation Committee
2017 House Chair, Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission
2015 Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders
2019 Vice Chair, Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus (Chair 2015-2017, Secretary, 2017-2018, Member 2015)
2007- Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.
2007- Women Legislators of Maryland
2016 Maryland Veterans Caucus
Past House Service
Opioid Workgroup, 2018; Chair, Affordable Care Act (ACA) Workgroup, 2018; Punitive Damages Workgroup, 2016-2017; Government Operations & Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2014-2017; Government Operations and Estates and Trusts Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2017-2019; Joint Oversight Committee on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 2014-2017; Public Safety and Policing Workgroup, 2015-2016; House Chair, Joint Committee on Access to Mental Health Services, 2011-2014; Public Health and Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Health and Government Operations Committee, 2007-2014; Regional Revitalization Work Group, 2015-2019.
Public Service
Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, 2015-; Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System, 2014; Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, 2013-2016; Chair, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2011-2012; Governor's Wellmobile Program Advisory Board, 2011-; Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health, Education, and Social Services by State Agencies (House Co-Chair 2009-2010), 2009-2012; Vice Chair, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2008-2010; Task Force on the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills in Maryland, 2008-2009; Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, 2007-2008; Vice Chair, Law Enforcement and State Appointed Boards Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 2007-2008; City Council, College Park, representing District 4, 2003-2006; Former Member, Recreation Board, College Park.
Memberships
Maryland Military Installation Caucus, 2017-; Co-Chair, Latino Leadership Council, Maryland Democratic Party, 2010-; Eastern Region Board of Directors, Women in Government; North College Park Civic Association; West College Park Civic Association; College Park Rotary Club.
Awards
Maryland's Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 2018, 2015; Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2017; Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2009-2011, 2007; Municipal Super Star, Maryland Municipal League, 2008.
Biographical Information
Born, Dominican Republic, June 27, 1966; John F. Kennedy High School, Bronx, New York; Buffalo State College, B.A., Criminal Justice, 1987; University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York, J.D., 1991; Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1991-92; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997-99; Married; three children.
Last Updated: 7/1/2020 2:41 PM