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Senator Paul G. Pinsky

District
22
County
Prince George's
Committee Assignment(s)
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee (Chair)
Executive Nominations Committee
Rules Committee
Annapolis Info
2 West Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone 410-841-3155 | 301-858-3155
Toll-free in MD 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3155
Fax 410-841-3144 | 301-858-3144
Interim Info
2 West Miller Senate Office Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone 410-841-3155 | 301-858-3155
Fax 410-841-3144 | 301-858-3144
Contact
paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us
Party
Democrat
Tenure
First elected to the Senate in 1995. Member of the Senate since 1994. Appointed August 1, 1994 and sworn in August 2, 1994.
Current Assignments
2019 Chair, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (Member, 1994, Vice Chair, 2015-2019)
2015 Environment Subcommittee, Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee (Co-Chair, 2017-2019)
2003 Chair, Education Subcommittee of the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee
2019 Legislative Policy Committee
2019 Rules Committee
2019 Executive Nominations Committee
2019 Workgroup to Study the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission
2016 Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education
2001- Senate Special Committee on Substance Abuse
Past Senate Service
Co-Chair, Environment Subcommittee of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (Chair, 2007-10), 2011-2015; Chair, Environment Subcommittee of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2007-2010; Special Committee on Renewables and Clean Energy of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2007-2010; Ethics and Election Law Subcommittee of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2003-2006; Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) (Member, 1999-), 2003-2015; Joint Committee on Federal Relations, 1995-2003; Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1999-2002; Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1999-2002; Health Subcommittee of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 1994-2002.
Past House Service 1987-1994
Environmental Matters Committee, 1987-1994.
Public Service
Commission on Climate Change, 2016-; Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools, 2015-2017; Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011; P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2010-; Task Force to Study a No Net Loss of Forest Policy, 2008-2009; 2009 State Plan for Postsecondary Education Work Group, 2008-2009; Energy and Environment Committee, Southern Legislative Conference, 2008-; Legislative Advisory Council, Southern Regional Education Board, 2008-; Education Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-; Agriculture and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-; Environment Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2008-; Agriculture, Environment and Energy Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2007-2008; Study Commission to Explore the Expanded Application of State Stipends for National Certification of Teachers, 2007-2008; Climate Change Commission, 2007-2016; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2007; Commission to Study Local Maintenance of Effort [for Educational Funding], 2005-2007; Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage, 2006-; Senate Special Commission on Medical Malpractice Liability Insurance, 2004; State Commission on Public Funding of Campaigns in Maryland, 2002-2004; Task Force to Study the Availability of Audiology and Speech-Language Services, 2003; Senate Chair, Prince George's County Delegation, 2001-2003; Wetlands Restoration Steering Committee, 1998-2002; Maryland Diamondback Terrapin Task Force, 2001; Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students, 2000-2001; State Council on Cancer Control, 1995-2001; Task Force to Study Alternative Educational Programs for Chronically Disruptive Students, 1999-2000; Task Force to Study the Effects of Cult Activities on Public Senior Higher Education Institutions, 1999; Sound Barrier Review Panel, 1995-1996.
Memberships
Maryland Educators Caucus, 2005-; Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2003-; Progressive Maryland, 2001-; Maryland Green Caucus, 1996-; President, Prince George's County Educators' Association, 1983-1987; National Education Association; Maryland State Teachers Association; Executive Board, Maryland Citizens Action Coalition.
Awards
Consumer Hero, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, 2014, 2013; Legislator of the Year, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2012; Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008; Climate Champion Award, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 2009; Citation, Maryland Healthy Air Act Coalition, 2006; Legislative Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 1994; Betty Tyler Award, Planned Parenthood, 1992; Outstanding Contribution to Youth Award, Prince George's County Council of PTAs, on behalf of Prince George's County Educators' Association; Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Prince George's County Chapter.
Biographical Information
Born, Camden, New Jersey, March 5, 1950; Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown, N.J.; George Washington University, B.A., Public Affairs, 1972, M.A., Education, 1978; Educator, Prince George’s County Public Schools, 1976-1995; Union Administration: Staff, Maryland State Teachers Association Affiliate, 1995-2014; Program Consultant, Educator Effectiveness, Southern Regional Education Board, 2014-.; Married; two daughters.
Last Updated: 2/24/2020 1:37 PM